Learn about the world around you as you develop a broad understanding of international events and complex challenges involving peace and conflict, poverty and development, social justice and the environment.

Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

This program will equip you with global literacy and key insights into our interconnected world. You will take classes that explore government, business, culture, the environment, politics and international aspects of law, science, conflict and development. You will learn about inequality globally, challenges to cooperation among states, and the reasons for and complexity of crises and conflicts. You will understand and engage with some of the world’s most pressing issues.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:


Fall Term
ECON 111 Introductory Microeconomics
HIST 115* History Matters Ideas and Culture
IS 110* Global Issues
FREN 122* Intermediate French I
WGST 112* Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies

Winter Term
ECON 114 Introductory Macroeconomics
HIST 145* History Matters War Violence and Politics
POLS 112 Political Ideas and Change in Global Era
FREN 125* Intermediate French II
GEOG 125* Environmental Science and Society

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

IS 110.3: Global Issues
This course is an introduction to conceptual, theoretical and substantive aspects of globalization and global issues. It examines political, economic and social dimensions of globalization and specific contemporary global issues, including migration, terrorism, security, crime, development, poverty, food, health, education, energy, environment, and trade.

IS 211: Introduction to International Studies Development
In an interconnected and interdependent world, it is imperative to understand the conditions under which a majority of the world lives, how these conditions have come to be, and what is being done to address concerns of inequity and poverty. This course engages with themes of colonialism, globalization, gender, debt, trade, democracy, sustainable development, migration, health, education, and emerging powers. To make sense of such a diverse and complex set of issues, the course has three primary objectives: first, to contextualize international development into its historical setting; second, to introduce the theories which seek to understand and explain international development; and third, to apply these theoretical constructs to specific issues and cases of international development.

IS 401: International Cooperation and Conflict
Explores the contribution which interdisciplinary theory and research make toward understanding international issues, particularly international cooperation and conflict. Topics will include nationalism and ethnicity, the role of international organizations in conflict resolution and democratization, human rights, militarism and peacekeeping.

You will choose courses from anthropology, economics, geography, history, languages, law, Indigenous studies, political studies, sociology and women’s & gender studies.

Study abroad
You will be strongly encouraged to engage directly with international issues by taking advantage of study abroad programs offered in many countries.

Hand-on experience
You will have the opportunity to become actively engaged with community-based organizations locally or abroad. This experience will help you reflect on our responsibilities as engaged global citizens to work in support of social justice. 


Some career opportunities include:

  • Diplomat
  • Export or import sales manager
  • Foreign affairs advisor
  • Foreign services officer
  • Immigration officer
  • International trade officer
  • Legislative aide
  • Consultant on international issues for businesses and organizations
  • English as a second language teacher
  • Consular assistant
  • International affairs reporter
  • NGO officer
  • Humanitarian assistance provider

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) International Studies degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year
  • Bachelor of Arts or Honours

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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