The Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program’s International Relations stream introduces and examines some of the most challenging international issues of our time. Students tackle issues in areas that range from the history of national sovereignty to current debates on intervention, as well as questions related to war and peace, and issues in global social and economic policies. Recent courses have included: the outbreak of the world wars, counter-terrorism, drone warfare, human rights, poverty and inequality, public health, global crime and global environmental degradation.
The University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy is located at Trinity College and offers access to seminars, speaker series, conferences, symposia and roundtables.
While the International Relations stream is a good option for students interested in further study in International Relations, many students have also gone on to academic pursuits in History, Political Science, Economics and many other fields in the humanities and social sciences.
Students in the International Relations stream enrol in two Trinity One seminar credits in their first year as part of the typical 5.0 credit load in first year. These credits will be TRN151Y1: Global Governance and TRN152Y1: Justice and Global Conflict.
Many students in the International Relations stream consider going on to the University of Toronto’s undergraduate International Relations major or specialist program, hosted by Trinity College. Trinity One International Relations stream courses can be counted towards the prerequisites for entry into the International Relations Program as well as the requirements for completing the major or specialist.
Many students also use the strong grounding in history provided by the International Relations stream to pursue programs in History. Students interested in the political issues often seek out programs in Political Science or Peace, Conflict & Justice.
The University of Toronto’s Ethics, Society & Law (ES&L) undergraduate major program, hosted by Trinity College is also one possible destination for students from the International Relations stream of Trinity One. The seminars taken in the International Relations stream can count towards the entry requirements for ES&L.
Your stream mentors will support you throughout the academic year by hosting workshops and activities to assist you with course assessments and to facilitate community building. They will be your first point of contact should you have any academic concerns or questions about student life! Meet your stream mentors below!
Program(s) of Study: International Relations (Major), French Studies (Minor), German Studies (Minor)
Quinn thoroughly enjoyed his time in the International Relations stream of Trinity One and is thrilled to return as a senior mentor! Quinn previously served as a program assistant and second-year mentor of the International Relations stream. Academically, he is particularly interested in the study of genocide and international humanitarian law. Outside of class, Quinn has served as a Vice President of the International Relations Society, researched global health, biodiversity, and international trade in editorial positions at the G7 and G20 Research Groups, and completed a work-study placement with the Sustainability Office. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, writing, and exploring the city with friends. Quinn looks forward to meeting the incoming Trinity One cohort and is always open to chat!
Program(s) of Study: International Relations (Major), Political Science (Major), and Latin American Studies (Minor)
Da Seul, also known as Regina, is interested in contemporary global affairs issues and human rights. This has led to her involvement as Outreach Director at the University of Toronto’s Amnesty International, a student leader in the International Issues Discussion (IID) Series, G20 compliance analyst for the Rome cycle, and research & policy intern under the CCR2P. She loved the Trinity One International Relations program, which allowed her to dive into topics of interest such as human rights in nuclear North Korea and the implications of corruption in the Central Triangle of Central America. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering, playing the piano, and spending time with her dogs. She is excited to join the team to best support the incoming Trinity One students and is always happy to chat!
Hear from graduates of the Trinity One program – International Relations stream!
To celebrate the Convocation of the Class of 2022, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tessa Di Vizio, Rachel Zack and Sarah Weiner, who are three Trinity One International Relations stream alumni. They graciously shared their experiences with Trinity One, how it affected the rest of their undergrad and their plans following this incredible milestone.
All the alumni cherished their time in Trinity One and highlighted the sense of community that Trinity One fosters, especially in a large University like UofT. They emphasized their ability to develop long-lasting relationships with not only their classmates, but other Trinity One students and even Professors.
Looking back, all the alumni appreciated the rigorous nature of the Trinity One program because it prepared them for the challenges of upper year courses. They were already familiar with much of the content thanks to Trinity One and it helped them succeed for the rest of their undergrad. They were also able to better manage their time and gained experience with complex readings and citations. Additionally, the seminar setting helped them gain confidence with public speaking and debate. Sarah said “the experience felt very much like being thrown in the deep end [but] in the years following I felt so much more prepared, capable and confident because of my experiences in Trin One”.
Each alumnus also credited the stream for influencing their future program decisions as well by developing their interests in different aspects of International Relations. Tessa said that the content from the International Relations stream also helped foster her love for History alongside her International Relations academic interests. Similarly, Rachel stated that her experiences with her professor encouraged her to also pursue a history major in addition to her International Relations major. Sarah’s exposure to International Relations through the Trinity One Program also led her to pursue an International Relations major with an English major.
Unsurprisingly, their university journeys have seen many challenges, especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When classes were moved online, they all felt that they were losing out on their university experience. Rachel couldn’t play her two varsity sports, rugby and wrestling, and also had an exciting study abroad opportunity cancelled. Tessa lost out on the sense of community that she had enjoyed up until the pandemic as well. However, they expressed that there were some upsides like being able to rewind or pause asynchronous lectures or even being a part of online group chats to maintain the social aspect of class. Nevertheless, all the alumni are extremely excited to be able to attend convocation in person and celebrate their massive accomplishments.
This group of alumni has overcome many obstacles that university or the pandemic threw at them and wanted to impart some advice on incoming students. Tessa stressed the importance that there is no one right way to get your degree and urges students to take courses that they are interested in. Rachel emphasized that “you are not your resume” and that your grades or extracurriculars do not define your worth. Sarah highlighted the fact that “you belong in that room just as much as everyone else does, even when you feel like that’s not true” and to not be afraid to fail.
After convocation, each of the alumni will be taking a well-deserved break from academics and starting new careers. Tessa will soon be applying to various master’s programs so that she can pursue her dream of becoming a History professor. Sarah will be studying for the LSAT so she can apply to law schools for the Fall 2023 term.
I would like to thank Tessa, Rachel and Sarah for taking the time to speak with me during this extremely busy and exciting time and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. Congratulations on these amazing milestones and we can’t wait to see what you will do next!
My participation and learning in the Trinity One International Relations stream was integral to my success in HIS344. Trinity One provided me with the most rewarding and intellectually stimulating experience among all my first-year courses. Trinity One exposed me to primary historical sources, foundational literature in political science, the art of research and many more. Specifically, through writing final research papers in Trinity One, my professors supported me and equipped me with the necessary skills to work on long, daunting upper-year course assignments. Most importantly, the rigour of the Trinity One Program taught me to embrace and explore academic challenges. Without Trinity One, I would have imagined or feeling comfortable challenging myself with a third year history course in my second year. Overall, Trinity One allowed me to discover my academic passions and empowered me to conduct effective research.