International Relations & Development Studies - Undergraduate Program - University of Windsor - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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Relations & Development Studies

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Get an international perspective and prepare for an exciting career in foreign affairs and global governance. Focus your sights in a variety of areas such as diplomatic relations, human rights, international justice, conflict resolution and more. You’ll learn from our faculty members and develop analytical skills to build novel approaches to global issues. You can broaden your horizons an add a student exchange opportunity, or the EU study abroad course where you will travel to Europe for exclusive access to NATO officials.

Sample Courses: Intro to Canadian Government and Politics, Intro to International Relations, International Conflict and its Resolution, Comparative Politics in a Changing World, Political Economy of Agriculture and Food

Specialization Options: Students select one minor to complete as part of their degree: Arabic Studies; Business Administration; Communication, Media, and Film; Economics; Entrepreneurship; French Studies; Geography; History; Indigenous Studies; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Modern Languages; Philosophy; Race and Ethnicity Studies; Sociology; Women’s and Gender Studies

Career Tracks: Diplomatic officer, community rights organizer, foreign correspondent, policy analyst, international development worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average: 83%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available
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Erik Stenlund

"My education at the University of Windsor has prepared me for the demands of this experience, especially through developing my writing and communication skills. I’d really recommend the Young Diplomats Abroad Program to any other students interested in the foreign service. It’s been everything I could ask for."

Erik Stenlund
BA in International Relations and Development Studies
MA in Political Science

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What Will I Learn?

  • Describe and explain major issues and phenomena of political science, international relations, and global developments
  • Research and investigate political issues, synthesize data and information from varying sources and present descriptive and empirical evidence to support a central thesis
  • Confidently assert political ideas and arguments, and defend them with sound reason and logic

  • Effectively communicate ideas, arguments and evidence through clear, concise and coherent written work
  • Explain the rights and responsibilities associated with Canadian and global citizenship
  • Propose and evaluate alternative policy solutions to contemporary societal problems


Number of Graduates (2020)



*Two Years after Graduation (OUGS Social Sciences, 2020)

Explore your opportunities

  • Ambassador
  • Border services official
  • Community developer
  • Community rights organizer
  • Consultant
  • Court monitor
  • Demographer
  • Development analyst
  • Diplomatic officer
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration agent
  • International health educator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Lobbyist
  • Operations director
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Political aide
  • Political organizer
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Public official
  • Public relations officer
  • Reporter
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Teacher

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.

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