International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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What you will learn in this program

International Relations scholars ask questions such as: How do states manage their coexistence? What factors impact human migration? Can multinational corporations undermine political stability?

International Relations studies cross-border interactions between various groups to understand how such interactions affect people, states, regions, and the global community. This program will give you a solid foundation in the economic, political, and socio-historical interactions between nations. During the course of your studies, you'll gain statistical analysis skills, research capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and competence in a second language (other than English).

Career opportunities

​As an International Relations graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in International Relations can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

A Multidisciplinary Survey of International Relations, Gateway to Geography, Principles of Microeconomics, The Contemporary World, ​Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

A member of the Canadian Polar Commission and authority on Canadian security and Arctic issues, senior research fellow, Robert Huebert, has been involved in many aspects of the changing Arctic. Connected to a wide network of academics, media, bureaucrats, and military personnel, he ensures student exposure to all aspects of the international system. “In an increasingly globalized international community, the need for those who understand the international system will continue to grow. Our dynamic program facilitates understanding.”

Robert Huebert, PhD - Associate Professor​

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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"I’ve done study abroad and internships, including doing coursework in international law in Washington, D.C., while also interning full-time in the Identity and Discrimination Unit of Amnesty International."

Leah Schmidt, international relations student

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580