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BA in Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the world of politics, power and government.


The Department’s teaching interests are diverse, and span all of the major fields of study within political science, including Canadian Politics, Public Policy and Law; International Relations; and Comparative Politics and Political Thought. The Department also provides sound training in Research Methods in Political Science.


The Department is renowned for its strength in Canadian Politics, Public Policy and Law with nationally-recognized expertise in the fields of judicial politics, federalism, party politics, Western Canadian politics, women in politics, and Canadian foreign policy. Faculty members appear regularly in the media as commentators on national and regional issues. Many of the department's Political Theorists are major contributors to public discourse in Canada and beyond.

Our department also has an important comparative element, with faculty interests in broad theoretical issues, as well as specialists in Australian, American, African, Chinese, European, Latin American and Middle Eastern politics.


The BA degree has a flexible structure that allows students to choose political science as their major even if their early study is in other departments or faculties.

The department also encourages students from other disciplines to adopt a minor in political and for all students to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Faculty of Arts Co-operative Education Program. If you have questions regarding the program, you may contact the Student Success Centre at

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Admission to the BA in Political Science

Completion Requirements for a BA in Political Science

Courses in Political Science - Calendar Summaries

Courses in Political Science - Subdiscipline Approaches

Courses in Political Science - Semester Offerings

Student Advising

If you have questions regarding the program, you may contact the Student Success Centre at or for specific questions, contact See the Department of Political Science Student Advising page for more information on student advising.