Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements for the Major Program

To graduate with a Major in Political Science, students must complete at least 42 credits but not more than 60 credits of Political Science in their overall 120 credits of the B.A. degree. At least 30 of these Political Science credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, including two required courses: POLI 380 and one 400 level POLI seminar.

Please Note:
  • Students will not get credit for both POLI 380 and any of the following courses in counting up the required 120 credits needed to graduate: STAT 200, 203, BIOL 300, COMM 312, 291, ECON 325, EPSE 482, 483, FRST 231, GEOG 374, KIN 371, PSYC 218, 366, SOCI 328.
  • Students who have not completed POLI 240 may substitute POLI 340 or 349 (though they are still required to complete a total of 12 credits at the 100 and 200 levels).
  • The fourth year POLI seminar requirement satisfies the Research Component of the Bachelor of Arts Degree Writing and Research Requirement.
  • In addition to these courses, students may take any Political Science courses for which they have prerequisites, provided that they take at least 42 but not more than 60 credits of Political Science and at least 30 of their Political Science credits are from courses numbered 300 or above.

Graduation requirements for the Honours Program

Graduation in the Honours Program normally requires an 80% grade in at least one Political Science course during the fourth year, a minimum grade of 75% in POLI 492, and a 75% overall average in the final two years. Honours students must complete at least 60 but not more than 72 credits of Political Science in their 120 credits for the B.A. At least 48 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, including these required courses: POLI 340, POLI 380, POLI 390, POLI 492, and at least 6 additional credits of Political Science seminars at the 400 level.

Entering the fourth year of the Honours Program requires an 80% grade in at least one Political Science course during the third year, a minimum grade of 75% in POLI 390, and a 75% average overall in the third year. Occasionally outstanding students from the third year Major Program may be admitted directly to fourth year Honours.

Students not meeting these standards but nevertheless satisfying all other university requirements for graduation will be awarded a B.A. in the Major Program.

Please Note:
  • POLI 390 is a one-term, six-credit seminar.
  • POLI 492 is a year-long, 12 credit course in which Honours students develop research skills and write an original fifty-page thesis
  • In addition to these courses, Honours students may take any Political Science courses for which they have prerequisites, provided that they take at least 60 but not more than 72 credits of Political Science and at least 48 of their Political Science credits are from courses numbered 300 or above.

Graduation Requirements for the Minor

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.

Graduation Requirements for the Major in Economics and Political Science

In addition to faculty degree requirements, the program has Economics and Political Science requirements.

Economics Requirements:

Students take an 18-credit core, plus ECON 490 and 9 credits of electives in Economics of which at least 3 credits must be at the 300-/400-level. The 18-credit core consists of ECON 101, 102, 301 (or 304), 302 (or 305), 325, and 326. Visit the Economics Department website for course information.

Political Science Requirements:

Students take a 15-credit core plus 15 credits of electives at the 300-/400-level. The 15-credit core consists of POLI 100, 101, 240, and 350 or 352 (or equivalent), plus 3 credits chosen from POLI 220 or 260.

Graduation Requirements for the Major in Philosophy and Political Science

In addition to faculty degree requirements, the program has Philosophy and Political Science requirements.

Philosophy Requirements:

Students take an 18-credit core plus 12 credits of electives at the 300-/400-level. The 18-credit core consists of PHIL 230, 240, 330, 340, and any two of the following: PHIL 335, 338, 431, and/or 461, and 491. Students may use any 300-/400-level philosophy courses to fulfill their elective requirements excluding PHIL 400 and 401. See the Philosophy Department website for course information.

Political Science Requirements:

Students take an 18-credit core plus 12 credits of electives at the 300-/400-level. The 18-credit core consists of POLI 100, 110, 101, 240, 340 (or equivalent), and 380.


In order to graduate, each student must apply online at the Student Service Centre. In some cases (e.g., in order to take additional career-related courses or to improve their graduating average) it may be advisable for students to postpone graduation even though they are eligible. No special permission is required to delay graduation; students who do delay are considered to be continuing in their fourth year.