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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; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Modern Languages; Philosophy; 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

Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 83%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • 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 (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Social Sciences, 2017)

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

Career Tracks*

  • Ambassador
  • Border services official
  • Community developer
  • 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

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia
  • Business: Analysis, research, corporate communications
  • Education: Public schools, vocational/corporate training
  • Government services
  • Journalism: Political correspondence and analysis
  • International diplomacy and foreign service
  • International governance and non-governmental organizations
  • Law and legal services
  • Law enforcement
  • Politics: Political office, campaign management, polling and research, speech writing
  • Public policy think tanks and consulting: Public/private sectors

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How to Apply

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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, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



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Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)