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To study politics is to study justice. How does justice impact the understanding of power, order, peace, and democracy? Redeemer's Politics & International Studies program equips students to answer the biblical call to love God and our neighbours through faithful, loving institutions — the building blocks of a just global society.

Politics & International Studies is a Bachelor of Arts degree program. It is offered as a general major.

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Right from the start, small class sizes allow for meaningful class discussion, lead by professors who are actively researching and experienced practitioners in the field.

First-year courses approach topics of history, politics, and international studies in a way that is both broad and deep, giving an overview of the people, organizations, and policies that are currently working towards bettering our world.

Politics & International Studies The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Politicians have a deeper sense of compassion when they ground themselves in the narrative of Scripture.
  • Researchers can communicate their findings more clearly when they know how to write persuasively.
  • Relief workers treat people fairly when they have considered the meaning of justice.

See how the Core fits into your degree

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In the Classroom

Takes courses that dig into particular political structures and relations such as Canada and the World; look at existing Christian approaches to important global issues in Current Issues in Politics & International Studies; and consider theories, problems, and practices in political and economic development in [Comparative Global Politics and Religion] (#course=POL-318)

Beyond Campus

The Laurentian Leadership Program provides students with an opportunity to live and study in Ottawa while taking advantage of unique internship opportunities and courses on governmental leadership, public affairs and ethics, and Canadian cultural change.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s politics & international studies program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Brittany Lorenz '14

works as a consultant at a government relations and communications firm and is a part-time professor.

Kyla DeHaan '16

strives to empower others to actively respond to world hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Career
Pathways
Politics and International Studies
Find out where a degree in Politics & International Studies takes you!
Redeemer’s Politics & International Studies Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Roles open to me
with this degree:
  • Civil servant
  • Community development/ liaison officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Human rights advocate
  • International aid worker
  • Journalist
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy analyst
  • Researcher
With continuing
education I can be:
  • Business consultant
  • Customs inspector
  • Immigration/border officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • International aid director
  • Lawyer
  • Pastor
  • Political scientist
  • Teacher
  • Trade negotiator
Related jobs in other fields:
  • Armed forces personnel
  • Communications coordinator
  • Legal assistant
  • Market researcher
  • Media strategist
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Refugee settlement organizer • Risk assessor
  • Tourism agent
Technical skills:
  • Assessing the merits of alternative theories and arguments
  • Explaining how organizations work and how and why certain outcomes arise from large institutions
  • Explaining current events in terms of systems and institutions, and how prior history gives shape to present day problems
  • Interpreting complex political or legal documentsFormulating political research questions and answering them with research
  • Understanding and evaluating scholarly books and articles
  • Understanding power and how and why decisions are made
  • Writing persuasive reports and papers
Transferable skills:
  • Conducting research based and assessing the credibility of claims
  • Listening and reading carefully and empathetically
  • Making persuasive, evidence-based arguments in speech and in writing
  • Seeing people and information in a larger context
  • Speaking persuasively and confidently in meetings
  • Summarizing complex topics concisely and accurately
  • Understanding and appreciating cultural differences
  • Weighing conflicting arguments and choosing logically between them
  • Writing clearly and correctly
Discover current trends, wages and job in Canada for the Politics and International Studies field.
Explore your career ideas. Find out what Redeemer alumni have done with their degree.
Professional Organizations:
Connect with these organizations to learn more about your career.
  • Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD)
  • Canadian Association for the Study of International Development
  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH)
  • Cooperation Canada
  • Economic Developers Association of Canada
  • International Studies Association
  • The Canadian International Council
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Career
Pathways
Politics & International Studies
Redeemer’s Politics & International Studies Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Alumni can go on
to careers as...
  • Lawyers
  • Legislative assistants
  • Lobbyists
  • Members of Parliament
  • Policy analysts
  • Politicians
  • Provincial legislators
  • Government relation specialists
Alumni can do further
studies to earn...
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Master of Public Ethics
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Master of Global Affairs

Want to know more about Redeemer’s Politics & International Studies program?

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While working at the King’s Garden, fourth-year student Blessing Oluloto not only learned how to grow food, but saw how God works through service to others.

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Honours history and political science major Joshua Hautala is bringing his Christian faith to the public square as he works towards a career in politics and law.

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Two Perspectives on Ottawa

Senior students Daniel Zekveld '19 and Johanna Wolfert '19 share how their experiences in the Laurentian Leadership Centre program shaped them spiritually.

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Interning Close to Home

International Studies student Sydney Sequillion ’18 completed an internship at Habitat for Humanity in her Kingston hometown.

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Strategically Placed

Alumni John-David Alkema ‘97 and Colin deRaaf ‘03 attribute their passion for working with the Christian Labour Association of Canada to their Redeemer experiences

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Christian Education for the Common Good

Dr. Andrew Bennett’s evening address explores how Christian education shapes public voices

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