Political science teaches you how the world works. You will meet the world up close: in class, in action and in person. Our program, among Concordia's most popular degree choices, is well-connected to the world of politics and political thinkers, and caters to students of many languages and cultures, in one of Canada’s most diverse, politically aware universities.
You’ll learn to question, reason, and think for yourself. You will pick and choose classes from our five areas of specialization:
Canadian and Quebec Politics
Public Policy and Administration
Together, we’ll discuss relationships between power, policy, theory, nationalism, international relations, and many other facets of contemporary life. There will be opportunities to travel to Ottawa to meet ministers, senators or ambassadors, or to attend talks with lecturers from Africa, Latin America and Asia.
If you want to contribute to the public life of your country, or make the world a better place, then our program is a great place to start.
The Honours Program in Political Science is designed for students with a strong academic background who wish to develop a solid and articulated understanding in political science and who want to acquire an early preparation for graduate studies. In addition to offer a comprehensive undergraduate training in the main fields of political science (Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy), the Honours Program in Political Science provides students with a greater emphasis on training in research methodology, epistemology and political theory, key skills for graduate studies.
Major in Political Science(42 credits)
The Major Program in Political Science is designed for students who wish to develop a solid and articulated understanding in political science. It offers a comprehensive undergraduate training in the main fields of political science: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy.
Minor in Political Science (24 credits)
The Minor Program in Political Science is designed for students who wish to acquire basic understanding in political science to complement their training in another discipline. The Minor Program in Political Science provides the opportunity to discover the main fields of political science: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy. By its diverse and broad training, the Minor Program in Political Science offers complementary training for a wide range of social sciences and humanities programs. It is particularly relevant for students completing another program in one of the following disciplines: sociology, economy, business and psychology.
The requirements to add a minor in Political Science are: a) at least 24 credits completed at Concordia, b) a GPA of at least 2.0. If you fulfill all of the above criteria, and wish to add a Minor to your program pick up a Change of Concentration form from Reception and make an appointment to see the one of the Department's Academic Advisors. You must bring a copy of your current transcript with you.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
The Political Science Co-op program gives academically strong students a chance to bridge university life and the working world by completing paid work terms. Co-op work terms make it possible for you to work in:
Policy evaluation and analysis
Comparing and evaluating corporate social responsibility policies, including tracking news stories about a corporation or government to assess the public's reception of policies and actions
Analyzing government regulation on a theme or topic across countries or time
Students with a minimum of 39 completed credits and a GPA of 3.5 or above have the option of participating in a four-month job placement in either the public or private sector. Positions are usually discovered by the student and are unpaid, but offer an exciting opportunity to gain valuable work experience and build career networks. The internship can be taken during any semester (Fall, Winter, Summer).
Many of our graduates work in public positions in Ottawa or Quebec. Many others work outside government, as lobbyists and social justice campaigners, or pursue careers abroad with the European Union or the United Nations. There’s a wide range of activities where a political science degree is extremely helpful, such as: