Political Science at UWindsor

Honours International Relations and Development Studies


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.

Erik Stenlund

IR and MA graduate Erik Stenlund participated in the Young Diplomats Abroad Program after finishing his degrees at Windsor, working at the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

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.

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