The study of international politics examines the interactions between political and economic systems, cultural norms, environmental dynamics, and hierarchies of power at a global level.
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree options: Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of politics and international relations:
As part of the Department of Politics and International Relations, a minor in international politics at Mount Allison combines international-related courses in political science, as well as economics or modern languages.
International politics courses include such topics as:
- Intro to political science and international relations
- Foreign policy
- Global governance
- International political economy
Find a list of international politics courses in the academic calendar – politics and international relations.
*Students who complete a major in international relations may not complete a minor in international politics.
Popular career paths for international politics graduates include:
- foreign service officer
- international development worker
- public policy analyst
- foreign affairs analyst/specialist
- immigration officer/specialist
- international project manager
- public policy/business analyst
- cultural affairs/foreign service officer
- officer community
- development officer
- human rights officer
- government relations officer
"International politics allowed me to explore the world of international relations and diplomacy through detailed coursework in languages, case studies and simulations. Additonally, the professors are very passionate and display personal attention to every student in this program. As an honours student in political science, I wanted to have a credential that reflected my practical knowledge of politics in addition to the intense theoretical understanding that I gained through my major."
Saurabh Kulkarni (‘18)
Honours political science, minors in international politics and sociology
Mount Allison has one of the best records per capita of Rhodes Scholars in the country — 53 in total and 12 in the past 14 years alone. A large number of our Rhodes Scholars are international relations students. Seven of Mount Allison’s past 12 Rhodes Scholars have majored in IR.
International relations students are active in a wide variety of clubs and societies on campus, including:
- Political Science and International Relations Society
- ATLIS (Atlantic International Studies Organization)
- Free the Children
- Model United Nations
You can also take advantage of the Centre for International Studies, a joint student/faculty-run project that aims to help you integrate your passions and interests into your studies in international relations and to produce concrete action on global issues.
Mount Allison offers study abroad and exchange opportunities in 17 countries, including Australia, Norway, South Korea, China, France, India, Ireland, Germany, and Japan.
Summer research grants are available to support independent student research. Students also have opportunities to work as research and teaching assistants.
Mount Allison has a number of internship opportunities geared toward to the interests of international relations students including the Mansbridge Internship.
Dr. James Devine
Associate professor, politics and international relations
Research interests: international relations and foreign policy in the Middle East