Faculty of Arts students who have completed at least 54 credits of coursework may apply to our Major and Honours programs, typically after their second year. Admission to our programs is not automatic. Due to a limited number of spaces, some applicants who satisfy the minimum requirements below may not be admitted.

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Applying to the Major

Admission to the Major program in Political Science requires that a student:

  • is enrolled in the Faculty of Arts;
  • has completed at least 54 credits of course work;
  • has completed 12 credits from 100 and 200 level Political Science courses*;
  • has attained the minimum grade-point average established by the Department (varies annually, but is typically around 70%).

These requirements must be met by August 30 of the summer before the student’s third year.

*Be advised that the following 100 and 200 level courses are required in the 54 credits: POLI 100, POLI 101, POLI 110, and POLI 240


  • POLI 100 is a prerequisite for all second-year Political Science courses
  • students are encouraged to take POLI 220 and POLI 260, which will prepare them for upper division POLI courses

Applying to the Honours Program:

Students with an average of 80% or higher are encouraged to discuss the Honours program with our Undergraduate Advisor and consider applying. Although only a limited number of students can be accepted into the Honours program, all applicants will be given serious consideration. In exceptional cases, Majors students may be allowed to transfer to the Honours Program at the end of their third year.

The required courses in the 54 Credits are the same as the Political Science Major (see above).

Applying to the Minor Program

A Minor consists of at least 30 credits, but not more than 42 credits of Political Science courses, of which at least 18 must be numbered 300 or above. POLI 101 must be included among the courses taken. Departmental permission is not required to undertake a Minor in Political Science.

How to Apply for September 2017

Applications may be submitted online after February 15. The formal deadline for completed applications is May 15, prior to a student registering for his/her third year.

Students who are considering applying to our Major or Honours programs are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor, prior to applying and/or prior to completing 30 credits at UBC. Students in the process of transferring to UBC must arrange to have official transcripts from each post-secondary institution they have attended sent directly by the institution to:

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