International Relations and Development Studies

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours and General) in International Relations and Development Studies

If you are considering a career in a competitive global environment, this program is for you. This is especially true if you are interested in a career in international diplomacy, in such international organizations as the United Nations, such non-governmental organizations as Amnesty International, the Canadian Foreign Service, and/or international business. 

Program Description
Explore the complex and challenging dynamics of global governance, international affairs, and development in this multidisciplinary program.  A degree in International Relations and Development Studies provides useful preparation for a wide variety of careers in public service, diplomacy, consulting, international law, and policy analysis.
Our program is based on a set of core Political Science courses and two concentrations selected from: Economics; Gender; History; Philosophy; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Sociology; Geography and Globalization; and Languages (choice of French, Arabic, German, Italian or Spanish). You can also spend a semester overseas on International Exchange as one of your concentrations.
The International Relations program explores the complexities and challenges associated with international governance to better understand how politics works in the developed and developing world.
Our faculty members conduct research in such areas as: peace and conflict resolution; Track II diplomacy, development and aid strategies; food security and hunger; international policy analysis; international trade and political economy; Middle Eastern and Islamic politics; African politics, democratic politics in post-Soviet states, oil and resource politics, and religion and politics.

Minimum Admission Average: 70%

ENG4U required.

Students are encouraged to take classes in Political Science, Geography, History, Law, Globalization, Human Rights, and Philosophy as available in their high schools to help prepare them for this degree program.

Experiential Learning
Political Science courses in our degree programs integrate academic study with professional training. You will learn highly sought-after skills of researching, writing, public speaking and debate, as well as public policy construction and analyses. Professors have practical expertise working with and for governments at all levels as well as for think tanks and non-governmental organizations, which they weave into the learning environment.
Additionally, students are exposed to role-playing experiential learning in a number of our classes to gain an insider’s look into sites of power in Canada and internationally. We also provide internship opportunities for course credit in local government and non-governmental settings in the Windsor-Essex region. 
  • Foreign Service (public service)
  • Policy analysis
  • International organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Law (with additional studies)
  • International business
  • Journalism
  • Consulting
  • Education (with additional studies)
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