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.
The International Relations program does not offer its own undergraduate Honours program; however, students wishing to do an Honours program with an International Relations focus can do so through the departments of History or Political Science. Students must apply directly to one of these departments for admission into the Honours program during their second year.
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. Current or prospective IR undergraduate students who are thinking of pursuing graduate studies should consult our graduate studies page for more information.