International studies is a multidisciplinary field that arms you with a deeper understanding of how governments, law, politics, business, civil society, culture, science, and the environment relate on the international stage. Throughout your degree, you will study the relations between countries, regions, international organizations, and transnational networks.
WHY STUDY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT GLENDON?
Our prestigious International Studies curriculum — the country’s first — has a strong reputation both in Canada and around the world. With 20 percent of the students from outside of Canada, Glendon’s multicultural and multilingual campus is an ideal setting for this programme. Students develop a strong understanding of international society. They also have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme with global universities like Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and more than 50 other universities around the world. Our award-winning International Studies Symposium — a student-led project — offers the chance to take part in an in-depth study of a country or region, organize an international conference, and, in some instances, also visit the chosen country for a field study.
The Department’s programme is designed to develop a systematic understanding of the problems and potentialities of international society with special reference to its theoretical, strategic, legal, economic, and cultural dimensions. It takes an innovative three-pillar approach, giving students the option to concentrate on a specific aspect of international studies: culture and international civil society, resources and well-being, or order and society. When combined, they greatly strengthen the student’s capacity for a more genuine interdisciplinary and multicultural analysis of international relations and global issues. The capstone seminar plays a key role in this effort by linking theoretical and methodological issues with research activities and internship experiences.
Our programme of study thus equips students with appropriate analytical tools and also challenges them to think constructively on how to create a more peaceful, humane, and just world order. Due consideration is paid to the role Canada with its francophone and anglophone cultures can play in this process. Particularly significant, in this era of globalization, is the programme’s emphasis on a broad interdisciplinary and multicultural conception of international society. Students are also encouraged to acquire proficiency in foreign languages as well as relevant international experience through inter-university exchanges and professional internships.
To summarize, the main objectives of the programme are:
- To provide a systematic and sophisticated understanding of the problems, paradoxes, and potentialities of international society.
- To equip students professionally with the tools of analysis, competing methodologies, languages, and the burgeoning literature in the field of International Studies.
- To challenge everyone to think and plan constructively towards the creation of a better, more secure, more peaceful, humane, and just world order.
- To develop a thorough knowledge of Canadian concerns, both domestic and international, and to consider future roles for Canadian participation in international life.
- To develop students’ perception of both francophone and anglophone cultures in their global context.
Professor Angelo Dossou-Yovo is an expert in Innovation project management and Entrepreneurship. His research projects are focused on small businesses in the high technology industries.
Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum is an expert in the politics of Central Europe with a particular interest in Slovakia. He is a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada.
CAREERS AND ALUMNI
Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate-level studies, and to prominent positions in the Canadian Foreign Service, law, journalism, business, and international organizations such as the United Nations.
International Studies Alumna (BA 95)
Canada’s new Chief Trade Commissioner – Sara Wilshaw
With a degree in International Studies, Sarah Peek is now pursuing graduate studies in public administration and public policy. More ››
Kiera’s passion for big picture-thinking and world issues made an iBA in International Studies a great fit. A bilingual, multidisciplinary approach to understanding global systems has opened doors for her in research, tourism, nonprofits and media in Canada and abroad. Read more about her travel-study balance on her blog ››
Sarah’s interests in culture, law, and history are what led her to Glendon’s International Studies. Sarah recently got back from her semester on exchange, which she has written about on her blog. Follow her academic journey here››
International Studies is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.
Prepare for the reality of the work force and gain practical experience in the international environment through a professional internship. Philip-G Simard describes here his internship experience. More about internship requirements ››
The Edward R. and Caroline Appathurai Scholarships in International Studies were established in memory of Professor Edward Appathurai. More ››
International Studies Symposium
Our Annual International Studies Symposium attracts high-profile guests from around the world. This year the focus is on European Union. More ››
Click on the image below to view the 2021 edition of the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture with Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
IN THE NEWS
July 4, 2021
President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards 2021: Professor Hossam Ali-Hassan
“Congratulations to our faculty member, Hossam Ali-Hassan, one of this year’s recipients of the 2021 President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards!
These faculty members are being honoured for their innovation and commitment, as well as for having significantly enhanced the quality of learning by York students.
April 16, 2019 Professor Angelo Dossou-Yovo awarded a SSHRC grant
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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES OFFERS THE FOLLOWING DEGREE TYPES AND CERTIFICATES:
- BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DUAL DEGREE
- Specialized Honours BA/iBA
- Honours BA/iBA
- Honours Double Major BA/iBA
- Honours Major/Minor BA/iBA
About two-thirds of the course offerings in International Studies are taught in English with the other third in French. Written assignments and examinations may, on the other hand, be submitted in either official language in all International Studies courses.
The curriculum in International Studies offers an in-depth and balanced approach.
STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW THE UNDERGRADUATE CALENDAR REQUIREMENTS FOR THE YEAR THEY ENTERED OR SWITCHED INTO THEIR PROGRAMME.
Access detailed programme requirements below:
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2021-2022
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2020-2021
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2019-2020
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2018-2019
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2017-2018
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2016-2017
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2015-2016
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2014-2015
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2013-2014
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2012-2013
International Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2011-2012
Some courses are cross-listed or offered through other departments.
The 1000-level courses
The 1000-level courses are core courses for the bachelor’s and specialized degrees and are open to incoming first-year students. Those with a course number in the 1000’s are normally open to first-year students. These “introductory courses” are ordinarily offered every year, with most available in both English and French.
The 2000-level courses
The 2000-level courses are core courses for the bachelor’s and specialized degrees and are open to incoming first-year students. Those with a course number in the 2000’s are normally open to first-, second-, and third-year students. These “introductory courses” are ordinarily offered every year, with most available in both English and French.
The 3000-level courses
The 3000-level courses (those with a course-number in the 3000’s) are normally open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. Most of these courses are offered in alternating years, and alternate in the language of instruction. This enables students to plan an individual programme of studies that extends for two or even three years ahead.
The upper-level 4000 courses
The upper-level 4000 courses are limited to students in their third or fourth year. Many require specific courses in International Studies as a prerequisite. The honours thesis (ILST 4000) and Individualized Studies (ILST 4100) are available only to fourth-year International Studies majors who have a strong academic record and can find an instructor willing to supervise their project. The Internship (ILST 4300) and Annual International Studies Symposium (ILST 4510) require a separate application through the department to enrol as spaces are limited.
GL/ILST 4100 3.00 Individual Studies
GL/ILST 4100 6.00 Individual Studies
Many International Studies courses are “cross-listed” either as courses in the programme of another department (e.g. Political Science or Sociology) or as courses in the multidisciplinary programme in General Education (namely Humanities or Social Science). A student may take such courses either as courses in International Studies or as courses in the other subject.
Approved Courses at Glendon
- GL/CDNS 3621 3.00
- GL/ECON 1000 3.00
- GL/ECON 1010 3.00
- GL/ECON 3620 3.00
- GL/ECON 3920 3.00
- GL/ECON 4290 6.00
- GL/GWST 2504 6.00
- GL/GWST 3503 6.00
- GL/GWST 3524 3.00
- GL/GWST 4802 3.00
- GL/HIST 1615 6.00
- GL/HIST 2905 6.00
- GL/HIST 2930 6.00
- GL/HIST 3225 3.00
- GL/HIST 3659 3.00
- GL/HIST 3670 3.00
- GL/HIST 3675 3.00
- GL/MODR 1711 6.00 or GL/MODR 1712 6.00 or GL/MODR 1714 6.00 or GL/MODR 1716 6.00 or GL/MODR 1717 6.00
- GL/PHIL 3634 3.00
- GL/POLS 2920 6.00
- GL/POLS 3615 6.00
- GL/POLS 4280 6.00
- GL/POLS 4605 3.00
- GL/POLS 4610 3.00
- GL/PSYC 3660 3.00
- GL/SOCI 2660 6.00
- GL/SOCI 3692 6.00
- GL/SOCI 3910 3.00
- GL/SOCI 3917 3.00
- GL/SOCI 4625 6.00
- GL/SP 3310 3.00
Approved Courses at Keele
AS/POLS 3280 3.0 Canada and world affairs
AS/POLS 3515 3.0 China and the world
AS/POLS 4255 6.0 Issues in international human rights
AS/POLS 4280 3.0 Soviet and Post-Soviet Foreign Policies
AS/POLS 4440 3.0 Global Governance and Politics
AS/SOSC 3480 6.0 Culture, democracy and development in Africa
AK/ADMS 3960 3.0 International business
SC/STS 2411 3.0 Introduction to science and technology studies
SC/STS 2010 3.0 History of modern science
ENVS 2200 3.0 Foundations of human settlements and population
ENVS 3000 3.0 Environmental ethics
ENVS 3120 3.0 Environmental history
ENVS 3310 3.0 Environment and development
ENVS 3340 3.0 Global environment politics
ENVS 4311 3.0 Global justice and the environment
Some courses not listed may be recognized by the Department of International Studies with departmental approval only.
For course descriptions and most recent course offerings, please see refer to the respective Departments or Faculties.
“As an individual who is interested in social justice, law and policy, International Studies offers the best approach to encompassing it all in one program. ILST teaches a well-rounded comprehension of how the world works and the deeper complexities intertwined with the international system. Through critical-thinking and an exposure to various perspectives, ILST has shaped the way I perceive the world and the way different cultures, businesses, governments and races interact with one another.”
“Having studied abroad previously, I developed a passion for exploring the greater systemic challenges of global society. In particular, I became curious regarding the functions of United Nations Security Council with regards to the preservation of traditional understandings of sovereignty. I found this especially interesting in the cases of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Rwanda at the pinnacle of American interventionism (1970’s-2000’s). The ILST program at Glendon College attracted my interest through its bilingualism, and small class sizes. In addition, I felt that it would offer me the best platform to greater extend my studies to higher academic levels.
Currently, I am completing my final year at Glendon in the International Studies Specialized Hons. (i)BA, in addition to writing my fourth-year thesis. I have chosen to research the geopolitical challenges facing the circumpolar north, specifically regarding Canadian Arctic sovereignty and the North West Passage. Throughout my degree, I have tailored my studies to focus on sovereignty challenges in the high-north. In my third year, I pursued an international exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark to greater research this subject.”
“I never knew what I wanted to study or do while I was in highschool, but I saw a flyer promoting the iBA degree and the trilingual degree at Glendon. I already knew I wanted to do something with languages, so I was instantly interested. Fast forward 5 years, I am now about to graduate with an honours iBA in ILST, with 2 certificates in Law, Social Thought and German.
When I first started I thought ILST was so broad, but I’m glad I stuck it out because the broad or interdisciplinary perspective has really made me a more well rounded and knowledgeable person. One of my highlights was going on a York student exchange to Germany! Right now I am the executive assistant for the ILST student’s association, a member of Glendon Model UN, a volunteer for other MUN simulations and I am currently writing the foreign service exam for a position within the Canadian government.”
“Gavin’s passion for problem-solving in international politics led him to Glendon’s incredible ILST BA program. It has offered him flexible avenues for research into meaningful and contemporary issues. Gavin has also been able to workshop his papers with his professors and get to know them well because of Glendon’s smaller, more intimate class sizes. Gavin is on his way to the University of Malmö for a semester exchange to study the functions of the UN.”
Awards – “Gavin was the recipient of the W.J. Garner Award for Scholastic Achievement and Citizenship, for exhibiting excellence in areas of leadership, citizenship, scholastic achievement and community service. Gavin was also the recipient of the Ethel Harris and Lester B. Pearson Scholarships at Glendon College.”
“Having always been interested in current affairs and world politics, when I stumbled onto Glendon’s ILST program description, I knew it would be a perfect fit. My studies have allowed me to develop the theoretical and practical skills required to succeed in this field. The small class sizes have also allowed me to get a more personalized approach to my education which has been invaluable.
Being a student at Glendon has allowed me to benefit from both the small campus and community Glendon has to offer as well as the extensive resources of a big university such as York. Throughout my degree, I’ve had the chance to partake in a three-month internship in Nicaragua and an academic exchange at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. I’ve also grown as a leader and held various roles within student organizations on campus which have all contributed to my personal and professional development.”
“My name is Andrea Sanchez, I am from Ecuador and I am an international student with interest in languages, cultures, awareness of the world’s inequalities and the issues that our youth is facing nowadays.
The ILST Bilingual programme in International Studies has not only helped me to understand the international context and global geography but encourages me in pursuing the goal of contributing to the wellbeing of individuals, their legal status and livelihoods. After completing my degree, I would like to contribute to the resolution of conflicts and fight against inequality. “
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Development success stories usually focus on economic growth. What they often leave out is the plight of some of the world’s most vulnerable citizens: children. For Louis Vigneault-Dubois, Chief of Communication for UNICEF in Vietnam, keeping the needs of children in the spotlight is at the centre of his work.
This career combination of communications and international development is no accident. It goes all the way back to the early days of Vigneault-Dubois’ academic career. Before entering the International Studies program at Glendon College, Vigneault-Dubois worked part time in a radio station. Upon graduation, he pursued a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).
Thanks to his extensive experience within the United Nations’ various agencies, Vigneault-Dubois has an understanding of how the various divisions work together to meet the shared Sustainable Development Goals. He is confident that he has found the division most suited for his skill set.
When Will Paterson responds to his interview questions, he does so with an apology. His internet connection in Maputo, Mozambique isn’t so great, and he keeps getting kicked offline while trying to email his answers.
Navigating tricky internet connections while travelling the world is nothing new for Paterson. At the World Bank Group, where he works as a Financial Sector Specialist, Paterson does a significant amount of work in Africa. This jet-setting life Paterson lives is due in large part to the education he received while at Glendon.
“The education Glendon provided me, gave me the confidence and strong academic base to pursue graduate studies and then a varied and international career.”
Alexandre Côté has dreamt of travelling the world since he graduated from high school. But like many high school students, his parents urged him to get a degree first. Alexandre chose Glendon’s International Studies program for its’ global focus and internationally-oriented courses, which still allowed him to mentally “travel” during study sessions in the Frost Library. His travelling dreams became a reality after convocation when he lived in Haiti for two years as a volunteer English teacher. Since then, Alexandre has visited and worked in over 35 countries, mostly in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Today, Alexandre is the Senior Regional Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. He connects Canadian businesses with nine major West African markets and advises ambassadors on economic and commercial relations. He points to Glendon as the essential learning environment which helped to prepare him for his world adventures.
If Heather Scoffield could will one piece of technology into existence, it would be a nifty, multi-purpose gadget for journalists that could simultaneously record video from a distance, record broadcast-quality audio, and transcribe comments.
“In my dreams, this gadget would likely be attached to our heads, recording information on every media platform, leaving our hands and minds free to ask tough questions and engage more meaningfully with the people we are covering,” Scoffield explains. “As it stands now, we carry a video camera, tape recorder, note pad, pen, and tripod.”
Juggling equipment – and coats and boots in winter! – hasn’t slowed Scoffield down. She has spent over twenty years asking tough questions as a journalist focusing on economic and social policy issues. Today, Scoffield is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press which provides content to over 600 media agencies. Nevertheless, a career in journalism wasn’t always in the cards for Scoffield.
International Studies Alumna (BA ’01) Karen Foss was given a Bryden Award in 2013 for her accomplishments.
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