Why study political science?
Political science teaches you how the world works. As one of Concordia’s most popular degree choices, you will meet the world up close: in class, in action and in person. Our programs are well-connected to the world of politics and political thinkers, and cater 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:
- International Politics
- Comparative Politics
- Canadian and Quebec Politics
- Public Policy and Administration
- Political Theory
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.
A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.
- Honours in Political Science (60 credits)
- Major in Political Science (42 credits)
- Minor in Political Science (24 credits)
- Minor in Human Rights Studies (24 credits)
No specific courses are required beyond a DEC
Minimum Cut-off Averages
(Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool.)
- Quebec Cegep (CRC): 21.000 (Honours: 30.000)
- Canadian High Schools: 72% (Honours: 85%)
- U.S. High Schools: 2.5 (Honours: 3.5)
- External Transfers: C+ (Honours: A-)
- International Bacc. (IB): 27 (Honours: 33)
- Bacc. Français: 11/20 (Honours: 14/20)
Make sure you also meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.
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 or policies actions, image and reception
- Analyzing government regulation on a theme or topic across countries or time
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:
- Public administration
- Domestic and international law
- Running non-governmental organizations
- Public opinion research