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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.46 Political Science 4.46.4 BA in International Relations
4.46.4 BA in International Relations


Students must adhere to the applicable Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.3.1 Major Degree Programs.


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 48 units to a maximum of 60 units in Courses Constituting the Field of International Relations while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Core Courses: 24 units Anthropology 203, Economics 201, 203, Geography 254 or 352, History 307, Political Science 381, International Relations 301 and 501.

  2. Thematic Cluster: 12 units, of which at least 6 units must be at the 400 level or above, from a single one of the three thematic clusters: International Political Economy, Security and Strategy, or International Institutions and Governance. (See Courses Constituting the Field of International Relations for more information.)

  3. Regional Cluster: 12 units, of which at least 6 units must be at the 400 level or above, from a single one of the six regional clusters: North America; Latin America; Europe; Asia/Pacific; Middle East and North Africa; and Africa. (See Courses Constituting the Field of International Relations for more information.)

*A maximum of 3 units of International Relations 597 may be counted toward the Major and will be assigned to the pertinent cluster by the Program Co-ordinator.


  1. Language Requirement: 12 units, either 12 units in a single language other than English or 6 units in each of two languages other than English. It is recommended that students select a language or languages related to their chosen regional cluster.

  2. Statistics Requirement: 3 units from Political Science 399, Statistics 205, 213.


The BA in International Relations can be taken with Co-operative Education. See section 3.3.8 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.