This multi-disciplinary program introduces students to the study of international issues, trans-border phenomena and intercultural relations of all kinds. It leads to an in-depth understanding of the complex connections and interactions among local, national, regional and global processes. It exposes students to a wide range of disciplinary viewpoints — including economics, geography, history and world religions — while simultaneously providing a solid and rigorous foundation in political science. 

As a complement to its focus on international studies, the program offers advanced foreign-language training. Students acquire proficiency in Canada's two official languages and in at least one additional modern language, thus preparing them for the demands of an internationally-oriented career. The program also develops fundamental skills in critical-thinking, analysis and synthesis, and teaches students a variety of research methods. Students benefit from extensive international opportunities, including study abroad, international field-research courses, a Model UN course, and international internships. 

In addition to their second official language, students can choose to study one of the following modern languages: Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

This program is offered in English and in French. 

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The French immersion is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.

Basic skills
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
Compulsory courses
HIS 1110Introduction to Global History3 Units
HIS 1111The Twentieth-Century World from 19453 Units
GEG 2108Contested Places3 Units
POL 2103Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics3 Units
POL 2104Introduction to Comparative Politics3 Units
POL 2107Introduction to Political Thought3 Units
POL 2108Modern Political Thought I3 Units
POL 2156Foundations of Research in Political Science3 Units
POL 3102Modern Political Thought II3 Units
POL 4930Honours Seminar in International Relations and Global Politics3 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Political Science
Politics and Globalization
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Contemporary Macroeconomic Issues
3 course units from:3 Units
The Religions of the World I
The Religions of the World II
Religion and Politics in Global Society
Religion and Globalization
Anthropological Theories in Inter-Cultural and Inter-Religious Issues
9 optional course units in political science (POL) at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses9 Units
6 optional course units in political science (POL) from the list of optional courses6 Units
3 optional course units from the list of optional courses3 Units
Second Language courses
24 course units in French second language (FLS) from: 124 Units
Communication orale et écrite en français langue seconde : niveau intermédiaire I
Oral and Written Communication in French as a Second Language: Intermediate Level II
Grammaire française pour étudiants en langue seconde : niveau intermédiaire
Lire et écrire en français langue seconde
Écouter et parler en français langue seconde
Immersion 1 : Compréhension orale et écrite
Compréhension de l'oral en français langue seconde : niveau avancé I
Mieux lire en FLS
Mieux écrire en FLS
Grammaire en contexte : interactions orales et écrites
Mieux prononcer pour mieux communiquer en FLS
Immersion 2 : Production orale et écrite
FLS et l'art de s'exprimer
S'exprimer à l'écrit en FLS en contexte universitaire
La grammaire des textes universitaires en FLS
Le mot juste en FLS
Immersion autonome : Communication et argumentation à l'oral en contexte universitaire
Dimensions et compétences culturelles en FLS. Bilingue et francophile pour la vie
Immersion autonome : Perfectionnement de l'écrit en contexte universitaire
Third language courses
21 course units in modern languages 221 Units
Elective courses
12 elective course units12 Units
Total: 120 Units


List of Optional Courses

DVM 3117Public International Law3 Units
DVM 4117Protection of Civilians in International Law3 Units
ECH 3310Current Problems in International Human Rights3 Units
ECH 4320Conflict Resolution and Peace Building3 Units
POL 3103Introduction to Political Economy3 Units
POL 3109Nationalism3 Units
POL 3110Non-Western Political Thought3 Units
POL 3113Migration, Mobility, Borders and Citizenship3 Units
POL 3114Comparative Politics: Asia3 Units
POL 3115Comparative Politics of Development3 Units
POL 3116Politics and Culture3 Units
POL 3123Gender Studies and Feminist Theories in International Relations3 Units
POL 3124The Politics of Security3 Units
POL 3144Comparative Politics: Africa3 Units
POL 3145Comparative Politics: Latin America3 Units
POL 3162Political Violence3 Units
POL 3164Comparative Politics: Middle East and Arab World3 Units
POL 3175Ecopolitics3 Units
POL 3176International Political Economy3 Units
POL 3177Politics, Social Movements and Globalization3 Units
POL 3178Canadian Foreign Policy and North American Relations3 Units
POL 3179International Organizations and Global Governance3 Units
POL 3180Comparative Politics: Europe3 Units
POL 3370Qualitative Analysis in Political Science3 Units
POL 3371Quantitative Analysis in Political Science3 Units
POL 4126Contemporary Geopolitics3 Units
POL 4127Critical and Historical Perspectives of United States Foreign Policy3 Units
POL 4138Empire and Imperialism3 Units
POL 4141Comparative Politics: United States3 Units
POL 4142Applied Political Ethics3 Units
POL 4145Comparative Politics: Identity Issues3 Units
POL 4163Politics and Sexual Diversity3 Units
POL 4170Politics of Foreign Aid3 Units
POL 4173The Politics of Food3 Units
POL 4178Political Economy of Development3 Units
POL 4184Democratization and Authoritarianism3 Units
POL 4188International Relations as Political Theory3 Units
POL 4189Politics of Human Rights3 Units
POL 4190Global Environmental Politics3 Units
POL 4191Advanced Topics in Critical Security and War Studies3 Units
POL 4192Advanced Topics in International Political Economy and or Global Governance3 Units
POL 4378Comparative Politics: China3 Units
SCS 4010International Internship6 Units