International Relations

Program Structure

Honours

Students who wish to do an Honours degree in International Relations must complete 48 credit hours for their degree, including:

IREL-4003. Independent Study
IREL-4006. Honours Thesis in International Relations
POLS-4603. Seminar in International Relations.

Major

Students majoring in International Relations are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses specified by the programme. It is suggested that they do 3 credit hours in their first year of study, 12 in their second, and a total of 21 credit hours in their third and fourth years. In addition, students are required to complete either a Minor in Economics (18 credit hours) or 12 credit hours in a foreign language. Students are encouraged to do both.

Year 1
POLS-1603. Law, Power, and Global Politics
ECON-1013/1023. Microeconomics/Macroeconomics or 6 credit hours in a foreign language

Year 2
POLS-2303. Comparative Politics of the Developed World
POLS-2313. Comparative Politics of the Developing Areas
POLS-2613. International Relations I
POLS-2623. International Relations II

Years 3 and 4
15 credit hours in designated advanced courses in International Relations
6 credit hours in designated advanced courses in Area Studies

In Years 2-4, students will also complete the requirement of 12 credit hours in a second language or a Minor in Economics

Minor

The requirements for a Minor in International Relations are:

POLS-2613. International Relations I
POLS-2623. International Relations II

An additional 12 credits from the list of “advanced international relations courses” approved for the Major.

Double Major with Political Science

The Major in International Relations and the Major in Political Science both require the completion of the following POLS courses: 1603, 2303, 2313, 2613, and 2623. Students who have completed those five courses in order to meet the requirements for the Major in International Relations may count them toward the Major in Political Science as well. No other courses taken for the Major in International Relations may be counted toward a second Major in Political Science.