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Honours and Majors: Options for a Minor

What Minor should a Political Science student select?

Ultimately Honours and Major candidates should choose to Minor in a subject area that interests them. Fields of study that are similar to Political Science include the following.


The study of early humankind (such as the study of early political systems)

  • Example: The course “Threatened Peoples” looks at social and cultural factors involved in the global extinction of small-scale societies, including military activities and the role of international non-governmental agencies.

The study of goods & services (such as the role of governments in the marketplace)

  • Example: The course “Intergovernmental Relations” looks at federal, provincial and municipal government fiscal relations in Canada, including shared-cost programs and intergovernmental bargaining.

The study of natural environment (such as the study of regions in Canada)

  • Example: The course “Natural Resources” is an introduction to the role of various physical, social, economic, political and technological factors influencing decision-making about resources.

The study of the past (such as studying how communities were formed)

  • Example: The course “Europe and the Wider World” examines the political, economic, social and cultural developments in Europe and the wider world.

Mathematics and Statistics
The study of information about citizens (such as analyzing election results)

  • Example: The course “Numerical Analysis” is an introduction to analyzing numbers, round-off error and numerical differentiation.

The study of ideas (such as creative thinking about how to improve society)

  • Example: The course “Restorative Justice” explores the phenomenon of violence and the associated complexities of personal and political affairs.

The study of behaviour (such as studying why voters support a government)

  • Example: The course “Attitudes and Social Cognition” examines the interaction between the individual and others, with emphasis on attitude formation, social perception and social cognition.

Religious Studies
The study of religious teachings and beliefs (such as religious institutions)

  • Example: The course “The Book of Genesis” looks at the role of myth, human origins, values and political institutions.

The study of social relationships (such as studying opposing political groups)

  • Example: The course “Political Sociology” examines voting behaviour, comparative power systems, ideologies, mass movements, parties, voluntary associations and bureaucracies.

Women's Studies
The study of women in society (such as female representation in politics)

  • Example: The course “Introduction to Women’s Studies” provides a critical framework for thinking about questions relating to gender and other forms of social difference.


The following Minor programs are available. Interested students choose from a list of relevant courses offered by a variety of departments.

Aboriginal Studies
The study of first peoples and societies (such as Aboriginal self-government)

Canadian Studies
The study of Canadian issues (such as the Canadian economic system)

Communication Studies
The study of media (such as its role in nation-states)

European Studies
The study of European culture, history and society (such as European politics)

Law and Society
The study of different facets of law in modern society (such as constitutional law)

Newfoundland and Labrador Studies
The study of society and culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.