Politics - International Development is a Bachelor of Arts degree program within the History, Politics, & International Studies Department. It is offered as an honours major.

Do you want to see the world, but also make a difference in it? The International Development program focuses on the study of poverty, aid and global development. Redeemer’s interdisciplinary approach teaches students to consider global issues from the perspectives of history, business, economics, literature and philosophy, as a way to problem solve, make solid and data-driven arguments and analyze systems with empathy and creativity.

Begin to explore what your four years in this program might look like.


Featured Courses

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Participate in the Laurentian Leadership Centre in our nation’s capital, where you’ll have access to elite Ottawa internships in politics and NGOs.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Participate in a practical internship and gain experience working in the field for an entire semester or a few hours per week.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Study at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, with campus locations in India, Great Lakes region (United States), Costa Rica and the Pacific Rim, to learn about environmental sustainability and international development.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Learn about Nicaraguan culture and the challenges of living with few resources by spending a semester at the Nehemiah Center in Nicaragua through the SPIN program.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Robert Joustra Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies

Robert Joustra is Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) at Redeemer, and founding-Director of Redeemer’s Centre f...

Student Story

Brent McCamon
International Studies student ‘15


Brent McCamon
International Studies student ‘15

" “Ever since I came face to face with poverty on a mission trip to Nicaragua, I’ve always wanted to make a difference globally,” reflects Brent McCamon ‘15. Today, McCamon is doing just that as a policy advisor for the Canadian government’s Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion. He analyzes global trends and develops policy to promote pluralism and freedom of religion and belief. “The work I’m involved in is needed in our global climate,” he says. “We see religious persecution and sectarian violence on a day-to-day basis. As a Canadian Christian, I’m proud to work to see people of all faiths enjoy the same freedoms we have here in Canada.” McCamon graduated in May 2015 and attended the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s (TBFF) intensive training course at McGill University the following month. He won the TBFF essay competition for his policy briefing calling Canadians to engage religious groups in resolving conflict and ending religious violence in Nigeria. “With globalization, local and international needs are becoming increasingly interconnected,” McCamon observes. “I’ve had opportunities to be involved with both, yet the challenges can at times be overwhelming. I can’t do everything, but through God’s grace, I am doing what I can do now to facilitate change locally and globally.” "


  • Research and Development Assistant
  • Research and Development Assistant
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • NGO Staffer
  • Business Development Analyst
  • International Trade Researcher
  • Government Relations
  • Foreign Affairs

Graduate Programs

  • LLB
  • MA in International Affairs
  • MA in Global Public Policy
  • PhD in International Relations

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