The Associate of Arts degree is a two-year undergraduate program offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences which lay a foundation for further undergraduate study or entry to the workforce.
For full program description, requirements, and policies, see the Academic Calendar.
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The Associate of Arts (International Relations) Degree is a foundational degree consisting of 60 credits in total, typically completed over a two-year period. Program requirements include a range of breadth requirements, as well as required studies in economics, sociology, political science, international studies, history, and Asian studies.
Transfer to 2nd/3rd Year at a University
An Associate of Arts (International Relations) Degree may be transferrable to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at a university.
Some BC universities also admit Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Arts (International Relations) Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
Enter the Workforce
International students completing the Associate of Arts (International Relations) Degree program at Alexander College are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Our Associate of Arts (International Relations) Degree program will enhance skills as well as provide experiences and aptitudes in the following areas:
Knowledge of economic theory and applications
Understanding of interrelationships among business organizations in the global market and of international trade in general
Understanding of global interactions from political, historical, philosophical, and socio-cultural perspectives
Development of cultural intelligence, improved intercultural competency and expansive decision-making skills
The Associate of Arts (International Relations) degree program consists of the following course requirements, which must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
I. 6 credits in first-year English
II. 9 credits in science which shall include at least:
III. 36 credits in arts, 18 of which must be taken at the second-year level in two or more subject areas, including:
IV. 9 credits in Arts, Science, or other areas
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Throughout her time at AC, she has been actively involved in the AC Student Association and has helped out as a student worker.
Samar has traveled and lived in various countries, and shares how that has shaped her and how her experience at AC has created long lasting memories as she continues on in her undergraduate career.Watch Video
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Aubrey Li is an international student at Alexander College and is currently pursuing her studies in Psychology and Sociology.
Aubrey is passionate about volunteering, and with experience volunteering work in China, she hopes to continue her volunteer work in Canada and further develop her experience.Watch Video
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