International Relations

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

The International Relations program draws on diverse disciplines, including political science, history, sociology, economics, and anthropology to equip you with the skills necessary to critically assess the contours and dynamics of international politics and events – from conflicts in Afghanistan and the Congo, to the rise of women as political actors.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

International Relations is the interdisciplinary study of nations and how they interact, from the historical origins of the notion of nationalism to the present political context. You will develop a solid background in related areas of political science, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and modern languages. The program stresses critical thinking and essential communication skills.

Campus features

Adam Jones, associate professor in Political Science at the Okanagan campus, is an acknowledged expert in the field of genocide. In addition to his academic duties, he is currently an expert consultant to the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG) in New York, and has led training for officials from the UN, governments, and NGOs in Sarajevo, Geneva, Bangkok, and Jakarta.  In 2010, he was named as one of “Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide”, and is author of the leading textbook in genocide studies, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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