The honours program in International Relations and Development Studies (commonly referred to as the IR program) links courses in several areas of study to provide a broad understanding of the dynamics of global society and a useful preparation for a wide variety of careers relating to international affairs and global governance.
The program draws primarily upon the resources of Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. Beyond a foundation of sixteen core courses, students choose two five-course concentrations in Economics, History, Sociology/Anthropology, Gender, Diaspora Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies or a foreign language (six courses instead of five).
Experience has shown that this long-established and comprehensive program provides an excellent background for careers in diplomatic services, international institutions, internationally-oriented non-governmental organizations, journalism, banking, international business, teaching, and law. The Honours B.A. in International Relations and Development Studies is a challenging and rewarding program, and our graduates have gone on to succeed in a variety of professional and educational settings.