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Political Science


The Department of Political Science offers a series of undergraduate programs designed to meet the needs of students with varying interests. Requirements for each program are restricted to the completion of a specified number of courses in different fields of the discipline before graduation. For these purposes Political Science courses above the 100-level are numbered according to the field within which they fall.

The key to this scheme is the second digit of the course number as follows:

  1. methodology
  2. normative theory
  3. public administration, public law, and public policy
  4. local and regional politics
  5. comparative politics (more than one country)
  6. comparative politics (specific countries)
  7. the political process
  8. international politics

with the number 9 reserved for special courses which are not regarded as dealing with a particular field of the discipline. PSCI 291 and 292 are non-program courses (see Note).

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Three-Year General Political Science

Eligibility for graduation in the General Political Science program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 30 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 65%.
  2. At least 12 term courses must be in Political Science. Ten of these 12 courses must be above the 100-level, of which at least one term course from each of four different fields of the discipline as listed above must be taken. At least four term courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher.

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Four-Year General Political Science

Eligibility for graduation in the Four-Year General Political Science program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 70%.
  2. At least 18 term courses must be in Political Science. Sixteen of these 18 courses must be above the 100-level, of which at least two term courses from each of four different fields of the discipline as listed above must be taken. At least four term courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher.

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Honours Political Science

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours Political Science program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 75%.
  2. At least 20 term courses must be in Political Science. Eighteen of these 20 courses must be above the 100-level, of which at least two term courses from each of four different fields of the discipline as listed above must be taken. At least four term courses must be taken at the 400-level.
Recommended Program
Year One
PSCI 101/102
Eight other term courses

Year Two
Six term courses in Political Science (see Note)
Four other term courses

Year Three
Six term courses in Political Science (see Note)
Four other term courses

Year Four Six term courses in Political Science at least four of which must be at the 400-level (see Note) Four other term courses

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Honours Political Science (Administrative Studies)

Eligibility for graduation in Honours Political Science with an Administrative Studies Option includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average (including Administrative Studies courses) of at least 75%.
  2. At least 20 term courses must be in Political Science and 14 term courses must be in Administrative Studies. The requirements for an Honours Political Science degree apply for Honours Political Science with an Administrative Studies Option. The following courses must also be taken:

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Other Options

The following study Options are also open to students in Honours Political Science: Women's Studies, Iberoamerican Studies, Legal Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Personnel Studies, Canadian Studies.

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Co-operative Program in Honours Political Science

The program leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Honours Political Science (Co-operative program) is designed for students who intend to enter careers in government, the mass media, business, political parties, or public opinion organizations. Qualified students will ordinarily be admitted to the program after completion of their first three academic terms with a minimum mark of 78% in at least two Political Science term courses. The program consists of six further academic terms and a minimum of four paid work terms with participating employers.

The academic requirements of the Co-operative program are identical with those of the Regular Honours program in Political Science. The program is open to students enrolled in either the Regular Honours Political Science program or Honours Political Science (Administrative Studies Option).

The first work term of the Co-operative program occurs after the successful completion of Year Two courses. At the beginning of the fourth year students may have the option of either continuing the pattern of alternating work terms or working for a full year before returning to campus for the last two academic terms.

Interested students should apply to the program in November of Year Two. Ordinarily qualified students are admitted in January of Year Two. The minimum requirement for admission to the program is a 75% average in three Political Science courses. Admissions decisions are made by the Co-op Officer in consultation with the Undergraduate Affairs Committee.

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Honours Political Science (Applied Studies Co-op)

A student may combine an Honours Political Science program with Applied Studies Co-op. The requirements for Political Science are a minimum of 16 term courses, with at least 14 beyond the 100-level. There must be at least one term course from each of four different fields of the discipline as defined above. At least 4 term courses must be taken at the 400-level. See the Applied Studies requirements for requirements details. Students planning to enrol in Honours Political Science (Applied Studies Co-op) should consult the Department's Co-op Officer.

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Political Science Joint Honours Program

Students who wish to combine a study of Political Science with a broad training in a related discipline such as Sociology or History, or in fact in any other discipline in which they are interested, can do so in a Joint Honours program.

Joint Honours programs have been approved between Political Science and:

Anthropology		Geography
Drama			History
Economics		Mathematics
English			Music
Environment and		Philosophy
  Resource Studies	Psychology
French			Sociology

Eligibility for graduation in the Political Science Joint Honours program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 44 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative major average of at least 75%.
  2. At least 14 term courses must be in Political Science. Twelve of the 14 courses must be beyond the 100-level, of which there must be at least one term course from each of four different fields of the discipline as defined above. Two term courses must be at the 400-level.
Recommended Program
Year One
PSCI 101/102
Two introductory term courses in the other discipline
Six other term courses

Year Two
Four term courses in Political Science (see Note)
Four term courses in the other discipline
Four other term courses

Year Three
Four term courses in Political Science (see Note)
Four term courses in the other discipline
Four other term courses

Year Four
Four term courses in Political Science, at least two of which must be at the 400-level (see Note)
Four term courses in the other discipline
Four other term courses

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Minor Program

Any student in an Honours program or a Four-Year General Major program may qualify for a Minor in Political Science by completing ten term courses in Political Science before graduation with a cumulative average of 65% or better. Courses must be selected to meet the following requirements:

  1. at least one term course in each of three different fields of the discipline;
  2. the equivalent of at least two term courses above the 200-level.

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Note For All Programs

No student in a General, Honours, Joint Honours or Minor program in Political Science may use PSCI 291 or 292 to meet program requirements.

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