International Relations examines the global interactions between states, non-state actors, and economic and social structures and processes. The IR program enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of IR by combining the insights and perspectives of different disciplines such as Economics, History, and Political Science with the study of languages.

Students can pursue the IR Major or IR Minor within the Bachelor of Arts. A limited number of students are admitted to the IR Major each year. Students in the Major and Minor programs take courses from a variety of different departments due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program.

UBC does not currently offer any graduate programs in International Relations. Students interested in studying IR at UBC at the graduate level may wish to pursue graduate studies with the departments of Political Science or History where they can focus their research on an International Relations topic within those disciplines.

Program Governance

The International Relations Program is overseen by the Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Arts, supported by an advisory committee consisting of the co-directors of the IR program and the heads of the three cognate departments: History, Political Science, and the Vancouver School of Economics.