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

Program details

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.

Concentrations:

  • 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)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the major.

Degree requirements

See detailed degree requirements for each option in the Undergraduate Calendar.

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