Global Studies

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Study the interconnections between global and local actors, states and markets, activist groups and international organizations

Global Governance specialization 

This specialization (open to all Four-Year General or Honours Political Science Students) in Global Governance provides the opportunity to study global responses to complex problems including conflict and peace-building, humanitarian crisis, global economic inequality, and environmental change. Course requirements

Related Political Science courses

  • Globalization
  • Global Governance
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Global Social Governance
  • China and Global Governance
  • Global Food Systems
  • Politics of Decolonization
  • Gender and Global Governance
  • Transnational Migration

International Relations specialization

The specialization in International Relations combines a strong grounding in international relations theory with courses in the history of inter-state relations. Course requirements 

Related courses

  • World Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • International relations 
  • Global Empires
  • Regional Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Canada, USA, Russia
  • Colonization
  • Transnational migration
  • International Diplomacy
  • War
  • ​Security Studies

International Studies minor

Students enrolled in any degree program may pursue a minor designation in International Studies.

The International Studies minor allows students to examine the global interconnectedness of the human condition by combining foundational courses and linguistic or cultural competence with the flexibility for students to choose from a wide range of elective courses tailored to their specific interests.

The International Studies Minor requires successful completion of a minimum of four academic course units (eight courses) with a minimum cumulative average of 65%.

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International trade minor 

Students enrolled in any degree program may pursue a minor designation in International Trade.

International trade, the exchange of goods and services across borders, has far-reaching socio-economic and political implications and is determined by a complex array of factors.  Trade benefits consumers by expanding the variety of consumer products available, stimulating competition, and interacting  with other international flows like foreign investments and technology transfers, as well as  with global objectives such as international development and environmental preservation.  While exporters benefit, industries competing with imports incur substantial costs of adjustment.  There is often substantial scope and demand for government intervention.

The International Trade Minor requires successful completion of a minimum of four academic course units (eight courses) with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, including:

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MA program in Global Governance | PhD program in Global Governance

Global Governance entails an interdisciplinary examination of the variety of actors, institutions, ideas, rules, and processes that contribute to the management of global society. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, including economics, political science and history, the programs integrate the concepts, tools and assumption that have served scholars in the past and assess new approaches more suited to addressing contemporary and future challenges.

Balsillie Fellowships valued at $15,000 (for master’s) and $25,000 (for doctoral) annually will be awarded to graduate students who satisfy the eligibility requirements for the University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship. The recipients of the Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship will be expected to involve themselves in research and policy-oriented Centre for International Governance Innovation events pertaining to their work.

The MA and PhD in Global Governance (offered jointly by Wilfrid Laurier University) programs provides world-class instruction, fostering intellectual leadership in the emerging field of global governance.

Related graduate fields of study

  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Environment
  • Conflict and Security
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy
  • Global Social Governance