Political Science (BA)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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
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)*
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 offering 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.
* Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, please speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia.
• 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. Through its diverse and broad approach, 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, Economics, 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, fill out the Change of Concentration form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Minor in Human Rights Studies (24 credits)
Human rights studies encompasses the eternal drive to improve the human condition, and attendant debates over the primacy of the individual within society and the universal versus relativist approach to rights, positive and negative freedoms. The Minor in Human Rights Studies draws its curriculum from a variety of disciplines.
The program of courses leading to a Minor in Human Rights Studies consists of 24 credits in the Department. The Minor is designed to provide an opportunity for students to make a combination with a Specialization, a Major, or Honours in another discipline.
The requirements to add a Minor in Human Rights 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, please fill out the Change of Concentration form and send it to email@example.com.
Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements
- Quebec CEGEP: 21
- High School: C+
- International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26
- Baccalauréat français: 11
- British system of education (GCE):
- A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD or
- AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
- BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
- Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
- University Transfers (internal/external): 2.0 GPA for Major, 3.5 GPA for Honours
Course requirements for admission
None. You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.
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.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.
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You must complete the following number of Political Science credits:
- Honours in Political Science (60 credits)
- Major in Political Science (60 credits)
- Minor in Political Science (24 credits)
- Minor in Human Rights Studies (24 credits)
Within these, each concentration also has specific required and optional courses. See the curriculum for each option.
- Globalization and Sustainable Development
- Human Rights and International Justice
- Middle East and Global Conflict
- Public Opinion and Public Policy
- Authors of Political Imagination
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
Students with a minimum of 27 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).
There are many exciting exchange programs available for Concordia students. Information on existing exchange programs are available via the Concordia Student Exchange Program.
Interested students should contact the Undergraduate Program Director for information on how these opportunities fit into your academic program.
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.