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

POLIS at Redeemer is predicated on three fundamental beliefs which shape our whole curriculum and worldview. First, that our civilizations and our societies are inevitably shaped by, and work out, incurably religious visions, of God, and of cosmic and social order. Human response to that God, and his order, manifests obedience or idolatry, what in politics are sometimes called ideologies. Second, we are not, in the words of Bonhoeffer, “to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself,” and — consequently — to answer the biblical call to love God and our neighbours through loving faithful institutions, building the blocks of a just global society. The tools of labourers for global justice include politics and economics, but are also not limited to them.

Third, and finally, POLIS is built around the conviction that we are not simply homo sapiens (“the knowing one”) but rather homo liturgicus (“the worshiping one”): we are desiring, imaginative creatures, whose “beliefs” are manifest more in what we do, and what we worship, than what we think. So POLIS prepares students with practical, applied experiences, both through classes taught by elite practitioners who work in areas like policy, law, and development, and through access to vocational networks for internships or approved off-campus programs.

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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

Jason Tamming
Political Science student ‘11


Jason Tamming
Political Science student ‘11

" My studies at Redeemer provided just the right mix of theory and practical learning that has prepared me to ably transition between political roles in federal and municipal politics. I recall a particular political science exam requiring me to outline the legislative process. Less than 3 months later I was in Ottawa working full-time for a Member of Parliament and using that knowledge to develop a Private Member’s Bill. I encourage political science students to take advantage of opportunities to participate in an internship, volunteer on a campaign or attend the Laurentian Leadership Centre. Ever since Redeemer, hands-on experience has paid off and continues to do so. "


  • Lawyers
  • Legislative assistants
  • Lobbyists
  • Members of Parliament
  • Policy analysts
  • Politicians
  • Provincial legislators
  • Government relation specialists

Graduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Master of Public Ethics
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Master of Global Affairs

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