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Political Science (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Political Science?

Political Science teaches you about the ways that history, ideas, systems and structures give rise to power and authority. By learning to think critically about relationships of power, you’ll be well-placed to contribute to the public life of your country and the world. Political Science is one of the most popular degree choices at Concordia, with a student body among the most diverse and politically aware in Canada. You’ll find yourself sharing ideas with classmates whose backgrounds represent cultures and political systems from around the globe. You’ll gain insights from prominent national and international academic guest lecturers, as well as politicians and ambassadors.

Choose courses from these groups:

  • International Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Canadian and Quebec Politics
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Political Theory

Program structure

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.


Program options

  • Honours in Political Science (60 credits)
    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.
  • Minor in Human Rights Studies (24 credits)


Courses


Co-op program

The 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


Internship

Students with a minimum of 24 credits completed and a GPA of 3.3 or above have the option of participating in an internship placement in either the public or private sectors. Normally students secure a relevant internship on their own, however, they are welcome to consult and receive guidance from the Internship Coordinator. Internships offer an exciting opportunity to gain valuable work experience and build career networks while receiving credit. The internship can be taken during any semester (Fall, Winter, Summer).


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 21 (Honours: 28)
  • High School: C+ (Honours: B+)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C (Honours: B+)
  • Bacc. français: 11 (Honours: 14)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26 (Honours: 31)

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


Honours programs

Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).


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.

After your degree

Political Science graduates have established careers in fields such as:

  • Domestic and international law
  • Public administration
  • Political campaigning
  • Public opinion research

Many have gone on to complete graduate degrees and pursue careers in domestic and international NGOs and the United Nations.

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