Concordia’s Political Science students learn 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 and the Department of Political Science is a research-oriented community of scholars dedicated to the pursuit of the highest standards of academic and scholarly excellence.
Our graduates have proceeded to work in such areas as public administration, law, human rights, journalism, and political campaigning. Some have entered competitive politics, and others have found satisfying work with non-governmental organizations or with corporations. The possibilities are wide open, and it is our job to give you the intellectual background to take advantage of them. For the latest information on programs, visit theDepartment of Political Science.
As a student in Political Science, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Interpret social, economic and political data and develop systematic procedures for investigating political problems and generating solutions
Define political issues by applying concepts of political theory
Sensitivity to Community Needs
Computer and Statistics Skills
Interact with diverse populations
Research skills; collecting, processing, synthesizing and interpreting data to understand issues, forecast trends and develop policies.
Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding comprehensively
Read critically and write reports and essays
Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Manage tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Observe and interpret data
Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to make a good judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Canadian Relief Agencies
Community Service Agencies
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
Human Rights Organizations
Law Enforcement Agencies
Newspapers / Magazines
TV and Radio Stations
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:
Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.
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Networking and professional associations
Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.