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International Relations & Development Studies

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Admission Requirements & Program Highlights

International Relations & Development Studies – Explore the complexities and challenges associated with international governance to better understand how politics works in the developed and developing world. If you are considering a career in a competitive global environment, this program is for you, especially if you’re interested in international diplomacy, in such international organizations as the United Nations, non-governmental organizations as Amnesty International, the Canadian Foreign Service, and/or international business.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 U or M courses

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 courses

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 courses

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 courses

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

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Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of recommended opportunities for students in this program. Below you'll find many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.

HIP

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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Career Planning

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation. It is a fluid, dynamic, and continuous process, meaning you can move on or return to an earlier stage at any time. You can even work through simultaneous cycles, like one for your long-term dream job and another for a summer job.

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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.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curriculum

Co-Curriculum

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

Extracurriculum

Extracurriculum

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


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Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

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Life After Graduation

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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Number of International Relations and Development Studies Graduates (2017)

95.7%

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion
(OUGS Social Sciences, 2014)

Common Industries for International Relations & Development Studies 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, speechwriting
  • Public policy think tanks and consulting: Public/private sectors

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

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