International Studies

Is the School for International Studies for you?

Do you see yourself as part of a world that extends beyond where you currently live? Are you motivated to think and work internationally, in pursuit of a more peaceful and just world?  Are you curious to learn about societies, economies, and political systems in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, or the Middle East?  If so, then the undergraduate Major in International Studies may be perfect for you.

We are a community of scholars, teachers, and students who work on real world issues:  we seek to bridge the gap between what goes on in the university and what goes on in the places we study.  Mostly, we work on regions facing significant challenges, whether it be long-standing conflicts, a lack of stable institutions that can protect human rights, or institutions that maintain or deepen economic inequality and poverty.

We believe that all of us have a role to play in resolving these issues, not as members of the so-called “developed” world, but as partners with individuals, grassroots organizations, and communities across the planet that are taking up the work of peacebuilding and human development.

Established in 2006, the School for International Studies offers interdisciplinary research and teaching on international affairs. Drawing from the disciplines of Economics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, History, Sociology, 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. 

The School is situated in the downtown Vancouver campus of Simon Fraser University.

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ContactEllen Yap, Undergraduate Advisor and visit us online.

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You will choose from one of three specialized concentrations of study.

International Security and Conflict
International politics including the causes, patterns and consequences of wars within and between states, terrorism, and possible ways of resolving conflicts and building peace and security.

Comparative World Politics, Culture and Society
Sociology and politics of different regions of the world; themes such as religion and politics, nationalism and globalism, patterns of democratization and authoritarian rule around the world.

International Development, Economic and Environmental Issues
Causes and consequences of disparities in wealth and poverty, global economy, development strategies and policies, and environmental issues.

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The application deadline for Spring 2020 admission
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