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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.52 Political Science 4.52.4 BA in International Relations
4.52.4 BA in International Relations


Students must adhere to the applicable Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.4 Graduation.


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 48 units (8.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalents) in the Field of International Relations while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Core Courses: 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents) Anthropology 203, Economics 201, 203, Geography 205 or 213, History 307, Political Science 381, International Relations 301 and 501.

  2. Thematic Cluster: 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents), of which at least 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) 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 the Field of International Relations for more information.)

  3. Regional Cluster: 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents), of which at least 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) 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.


  1. Language Requirement: 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) in a single Language other than English.

  2. Statistics Requirement: 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) Political Science 399, Statistics 205, 213, or equivalent.


The BA in International Relations can be taken with Co-operative Education. See section 3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.


  • Students should select a language of study that will assist them with their research on an understanding of the world. Culture courses offered in English by language departments cannot be used toward this requirement.
  • Apart from International Relations 501, the core courses should be taken early in a student's program.
  • Students may take International Relations 597 (Independent Study) or existing Departmental independent study courses from their declared clusters, but only 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) may be counted towards the Major. Any proposed syllabus for such independent study, whether International Relations 597 or existing departmental independent study courses, must be approved by the Program Director. Students may include Geography 397 (Regional Geography of Selected World Areas) and 592 (Overseas Field Studies in Social and Economic Geography) in their regional electives, with the permission of the Program Director, provided the region(s) covered are relevant to their declared group electives. Questions about requirements may be directed to the Program Director.