“So…what exactly are you studying?”

Hey everyone, I hope that life is grand, whoever and wherever you are!

I came to Glendon because I didn’t just want a degree; I wanted an education. I wanted to learn things that made me dream bigger, question deeper, think broader. Ultimately, I wanted to apply my passions and gain the skills to match my curiosity and produce results. DONC aujourd’hui, je veux vous parler à propos de mes spécialisations à Glendon College 🙂 Moi, je suis étudiante en Sciences Politiques et en Études Internationales. This double major counts toward my Bilingual iBA, or International Bachelor of Arts.

Here’s a debrief of my degree in 4 easy parts!

1. iBA

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Glendon College specializes in offering stellar education in Liberal Arts. This includes languages, social sciences, humanities, and more! A Bachelor of Arts is a standard undergraduate degree, but being the quirky and curious person that I am, I decided to add that little tiny “i” in front. What difference does this make, you might ask? Well Glendon’s unique International BA requires it’s students to take internationally-oriented courses, participate in an exchange, and complete a specialized language requirement…which brings me to point numéro deux….

2. Bilingual

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Every Glendonite is required to study in both of Canada’s official languages. Whether you are entirely Anglophone or Francophone and regardless of your experience with both languages, you have the opportunity to gain valuable exposure and knowledge of français or English. Depending on what you want out of your degree, you can opt for different levels of French proficiency.

3. Political Science

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Now that I major in this subject, I know how vague it appears to prospective students…so here’s hoping I can clear it up for y’all! Poli Sci covers a range of issues, subfields, and topics that pertain to the study of politics. My textbook (Canadian Politics – Concise 5th Ed by Rand Dyck) defines politics as: “The activity in which conflicting interests struggle for advantage or dominance in the making and execution of public policies.” Generally, political science examines how the world is governed, how power is balanced (or imbalanced), how states influence each other, and the roles that geography, economy, class, regional identity, and language each play in the game of politics. If you ever take a politics class, you can expect to cover topics like immigration, media, early political philosophy and more.   Politics can be so objective and heated, but the best thing to do is keep an open mind and prepare yourself for lively debate. If you’re passionate about learning how we ‘run the world’, PS might be for you! One of my favourite artists, Ai Weiwei, said that “Everything is art. Everything is politics.” Once I realized I would never be immune to the influence of politics because my own day to day actions are in fact, very political, I wanted to learn more about the greater global political process and how I could be a part of it.

4. International Studies

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“The world is your oyster.” While some people use this phrase figuratively, it’s meaning in the context of International Studies becomes a little more literal…(say that 5 times fast!). ILST often intersects with Poli Sci as it is a multi-disciplinary program. This means you study a variety of topics and their place in a global context, topics that can include geography, anthropology, history, psychology, languages, art, sociology, law, economics and more. You look at the makings of international relationships, in the form of international societies and their respective organizations and movements. International Studies is one of the largest programs at Glendon, and the students are just as diverse as the program itself. In my favourite course, we look at characteristics of international societies in subsections as follows: security, trade, environment and energy, culture, information, human rights, gender relations, migration, development, health and food, and resistance and protests. Often you’re given really complex and emotionally loaded issues, but you learn to observe through the lenses of multiple theories and approaches. If you like problem solving, diversity, collaboration, and international affairs…this program could be a good fit. I like that there are multiple layers to my education, and that while I feel well-rounded, the puzzle hasn’t quite come together yet. I have four years and I can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂

If you’re interested in Glendon,  you should…

a) Come to our Fall Campus Day on November 10th, 2013, and be on the lookout for March Break U and the Shadow Program

b) Check out us out on Twitter (@glendoncampus) and Facebook (facebook.come/GlendonCampus)…this is also a great way to connect with other eAmbassadors like myself!

c) Flip through our view book here HERE!

Until next week – DFTBA,

– K

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