Established in 2006, the School for International Studies is housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It is one of very few centres in Canada offering interdisciplinary research and teaching on international affairs.

Drawing from the disciplines of Economics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, History and Anthropology, the School is interested in the interconnected areas of peace and security; international development; human rights and international law; and governance and civil society.

Faculty members research and write on themes that include global trends in political violence; security; trafficking; international relations theory; the causes and consequences of state failure and of civil wars; post-conflict reconstruction; civil society and democratization; international criminal justice; the history of intelligence; Islam and politics; and growth and poverty in the context of economic globalization.