Major

You can apply for the major program in Political Science at the end of your second year in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Applying to the Major

The 2022 Application for our major programs will open on February 15, 2022.

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.
  • The following 100 and 200-level courses are required as part of the 54 credit: POLI 100, POLI 101, POLI 110, and POLI 240
  • has attained the minimum grade-point average established by the Department (this can vary annually, but it is typically around 65%)
  • Selection for admission to the major will be based on the average grade for all post-secondary work attempted to date, excluding IB / AP grades
  • If necessary 12 credits can be excluded from the calculation which will be on at least 48 attempted credits, including all POLI courses. This means that any failed courses will be factored into the calculation
  • Students who have not entered the major at the start of their third year may also apply following completion of their third year. In this case, selection will be based on the same criteria used for third year entrants, except that at least 72 completed credits must be used in calculating the average.

*The department will consider applicants who utilized the credit/D/fail option for our program requirements, as an accommodation provided during 2019/20 Winter Term.

If an applicant has utilized the credit/D/fail COVID-19 accommodation provided during 2019/20 Winter Term 2, and has marks posted for less than 48 credits, the department will calculate the admission on all other completed courses.

In order for a student to be admitted to the Major program for the 2022 Winter session, these requirements must be met by August 31. This means that if have not completed one or more of the prerequisite courses before the point of application, you will still be able to complete those courses in 2022S and still be admitted for 2022W.

Please note that if you have completed fewer than 54 credits at the conclusion of 2021W, your year standing will remain at Year 2. This will affect your registration date for 2022W.

Please note:

  • POLI 100 serves as a foundational course for the rest of our undergraduate course catalogue. We highly recommend that students take this course before taking POLI courses at a higher level.  
  • In addition to POLI 100, 110, 101, and 240, we encourage students to take our other two foundational courses on Comparative Politics (220) and International Relations (260).

Degree Requirements

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 Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 (the seminar is a BA requirement and can be fulfilled outside of the POLI specialization, if preferred or necessary).

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, 4POL83, FRST 231, GEOG 374, KIN 371, PSYC 218, 366, SOCI 328.
  • All our fourth year seminars satisfy the Research Requirement for the BA degree. Students can satisfy the Research Requirement by taking other appropriate courses in Arts, but we strongly encourage majors to take at least one fourth year seminar in POLI.
  • 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.
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