International Relations Major (Arts Program) - ASMAJ1469

The study of international relations dates back to antiquity and remains one of the most vital disciplines in the academic community. Its purpose is to explore the enduring questions of the origins of war and the maintenance of peace, the nature and exercise of power within an international system, and the changing character of the participants in international decision-making.

Drawing on the strengths of faculty members in History, Economics, and Political Science, the International Relations Specialist Program offers a structured and interdisciplinary education. The program provides students with knowledge of the historical and contemporary dimensions of the international system while introducing them to the methodologies employed in historical, political and economic analysis.

Enrolment Requirements

This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.

Variable Minimum Grade Average
A minimum grade average in required courses is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses must be completed:

• ( ECO101H1 and ECO102H1) with a minimum grade of 63% in each, or ECO105Y1 with a minimum grade of 80%
• 1.0 credit from GGR112H1, HIS102Y1, HIS103Y1, MUN101H1, MUN102H1, MUN105Y1, POL101H1, POL106H1, POL107H1, POL109H1, TRN150Y1, TRN151Y1, TRN152Y1, VIC181H1, VIC183H1, VIC184H1, VIC185H1, with a minimum grade of 70% in each course.

To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a final grade lower than the minimum grades stated above will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining these minimum final grades does not guarantee admission to the program; admission will be based on the average of the required courses.

Completing ECO105Y1 limits future enrolment options in ECO courses. First-year MAT courses are a prerequisite for many optional ECO courses in the IR Program Requirements listed below. Students are strongly advised to enrol in MAT133Y1/​ ( MAT135H1 and MAT136H1)/ MAT137Y1/​ MAT157Y1 if they wish to pursue ECO electives.

Completion Requirements

(7.5 credits)

Year 1 (2.0 credits):

  1. ECO101H1 and ECO102H1, OR ECO105Y1
  2. 1.0 credit from GGR112H1, HIS102Y1, HIS103Y1, MUN101H1, MUN102H1, MUN105Y1, POL101H1, POL106H1, POL107H1, POL109H1, TRN150Y1, TRN151Y1, TRN152Y1, VIC181H1, VIC183H1, VIC184H1, VIC185H1

Year 2 (2.5 credits):

  1. ECO231H1 and ECO232H1, OR​ ECO200Y1/​​ ECO202Y1/​​ ECO206Y1/​​ ECO208Y1. Students should note that completing ( ECO231H1 and ECO232H1) limits future enrolment options in ECO courses.
  2. POL208H1
  3. TRN250Y1

Year 3 (2.5 credits):

  1. TRN350H1
  2. 1.0 credit from: AFR353H1/​ CAS310H1/​ CAS320H1/​ EAS324H1/​ EAS345H1/​ EAS357H1/​ EAS372H1/​ EAS373H1/​ EAS375H1/​ HIS306H1/​ HIS311Y1/​ ​ HIS312H1/​ HIS315H1/​ HIS316H1/​ HIS317H1/​ HIS319H1/​ HIS324H1/​ HIS325H1/​ HIS328H1/​​ HIS330H1/​ HIS334H1/​​ HIS338H1/​ HIS339H1/​​ HIS340H1/​ HIS341Y1/​ HIS342H1/​​ HIS343H1/​​ HIS344H1/​​ HIS347H1/​​ HIS349H1/​ HIS351Y1/​ HIS353Y1/​ HIS355H1/​ HIS356H1/​ HIS359H1/​​ HIS361H1/​​ HIS364H1/​​ HIS370H1/​ HIS371H1/​ HIS376H1/​ HIS377H1/​ HIS378H1/​​ HIS379H1/​​ HIS382H1/​ HIS384H1/​ HIS385H1/​ HIS386H1/​​ HIS388H1/​ HIS397H1/​ JHA384H1/​ JHA394H1/​ NMC355H1/​ NMC373H1/​ RLG309H1 or with permission of the Director: HIS304H1/​ HIS326H1/​ HIS348H1/​ HIS372H1/​ HIS389H1/​ HIS389Y1

  3. 1.0 credit from: AFR353H1/​​ AFR354H1/​ AFR359H1/​ CAS310H1/​ CAS320H1/​ ECO324H1/​​ ECO341H1/​​ ECO342H1/​ ECO362H1/​​ ECO364H1/​​ ECO365H1/​​ ECO368H1/​​ GGR314H1/​​ GGR320H1/​ GGR326H1/​ GGR329H1/​ GGR338H1/​​ GGR341H1/​ GGR342H1/​ GGR343H1/​ GGR344H1/​ JPA331H1/​ JPA376Y0/​​ NMC378H1/​​ POL301H1/​ POL302H1​/ POL305H1/​ POL307H1/​ POL309H1/​ POL312H1/​ POL313H1/​ POL324H1/​ POL325H1/​ POL326H1/​ POL327H1/​ POL328H1/​ POL329H1/​​ POL340H1/​ POL341H1/​ POL347H1/​ POL351H1/​ POL358H1/​ POL359H1/​ POL360H1/​ POL361H1/​​ POL362H1/​ POL377H1/​​ POL380H1/​ POL384H1/​ POL386H1/​ WGS340H1 or with permission of the Director: TRN307H1/​ TRN308H1/​ TRN377Y1

Year 4 (0.5 credit)

TRN409H1/​ TRN410H1


  • Those students choosing to add a Focus should be guided in their selection of courses at the third and fourth year level by the courses listed in the specific Focus group they choose.
  • Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with New College's African Studies program will have the new "AFR" designator.