International Relations

The International Relations program takes an interdisciplinary approach and includes courses offered by the departments of history, political science and economics. The program explores the enduring questions of the origins of war and the maintenance of peace, the nature and exercise of power within an international system, and the changing character of the actors (both state and non-state) who participate in the various levels of international decision-making.

 

Admission Information

  • Apply to either the Humanities or Social Sciences admission categories on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • A senior high school math course is recommended.
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits

 

Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • International Relations (specialist and major options)

 

First-Year Courses

There are no specific first-year International Relations courses.

 

Advice for First Year

Students interested in the International Relations specialist program must take:

  • HIS 103Y1 - Statecraft and Strategy or the International Relations stream of Trinity One, or HIS 102Y1 - Empires, Encounters and Exchanges, or the Pearson stream of Vic One.
  • ECO 100Y1 - Introduction to Economics or ECO 105Y1 - Principles of Economics for Non-Specialists.  Students are strongly encouraged to take ECO 100Y1
  • One introductory modern language course or MAT 133Y1 – Calculus and Linear Algebra for Commerce or MAT 137Y1 Calculus or MAT135H1 - Calculus 1(A) + MAT136H1 - Calculus 1(B)

Students interested in the major program must take:

  • HIS 103Y1 - Statecraft and Strategy or the International Relations stream of Trinity One, or HIS 102Y1 - Empires, Encounters and Exchanges , or the Pearson stream of Vic One.
  • ECO 100Y1 - Introduction to Economics or ECO 105Y1 - Principles of Economics for Non-Specialists

 

Careers

The primary function of the program is to offer students the best education available in Canada regarding the nature of international relations.  Some graduate do further work in international relations at graduate school.  Others seek further complementary education, for example, by attending law school, masters programs in business or public administration, teacher training, or journalism schools, in preparation for careers in the private or public sector.

 

Direct career options include:

Consular assistant Immigration officer
Diplomat Intelligence officer
Export or import sales manager International banker
Foreign affairs advisor International trade officer
Foreign service officer Public affairs reporter

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