Why International Studies?

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses in Political Studies, History, Economics, and several other disciplines.

Why International Studies?

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses in Political Studies, History, Economics, and several other disciplines.

In an increasingly globalized world, international knowledge is an asset to any profession.

An International Studies degree helps you understand global context and work toward answers for some of the world’s most demanding questions. With four different streams to choose from you are sure to find your fit in International studies.

Our courses are presented from historical and contemporary perspectives and challenge you to learn about the changing dynamics of the international society. You will learn from the expertise of specialized professors about topics such as war, foreign policy, globalization, economic disparity, and international development.

As part of the major, we encourage our students to study abroad in order to put what they learn in the classroom into practice. There are also many ways to get involved on campus, including student-led initiatives such as TWU’s Refugee Awareness Campaign or participation in Model United Nations.

International Studies majors typically find employment in international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, law, missions, or in providing other services in the global community.

OUR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM OFFERS:

An International Studies major leading to a BA or BA honours with four streams:

  • International Affairs and Global Policy
  • International Development and Cultural Change
  • International Political Economy
  • Linguistics and TESOL

SAMPLE COURSES

POLS 211 • International Politics

The ways in which states and other actors in the international system deal with each other: the evolution of the international system, the nature of foreign policy, the dynamics of international bargaining, and the changing role of force as an instrument of foreign policy.

ECON 230 • Issues in Third World Development

This course is an introduction to the field of international development through an overview of the many issues and challenges relating to economic disparity among people of various nations. Students engage in the exploration of responses to these situations.


AFTER GRADUATION

Graduates of our International Studies program go on to pursue employment in international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), government, law, missions, or in providing other services in the global community. Graduates are also well prepared to continue their studies in law, politics, history, international development, and numerous other fields.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Important Dates

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Travel Studies

Travel studies allow you to immerse yourself in a different culture. Every moment spent abroad is an opportunity to learn. TWU professors lead the courses, joined by guest speakers who provide a local perspective.

Careers in International Studies
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Graduates of International Studies are presented with career opportunities in:

  • Journalism
  • Foreign Service
  • Academics
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's)

Faculty Profiles

John Dyck, D.Phil

Assistant Professor of Political Studies

Steven Hicks

Sessional Assistant Professor of History

Maxwell Ofosuhene, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography, Chair, Geography, History and Political & International Studies Department

Paul Rowe, Ph.D.

Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies

Calvin Townsend, MCS

Instructor in Political Studies and Religious Studies