Joint Honours in Political Science
Political Science Honours students may opt to also fulfill the requirements for Honours in a second subject instead of declaring a Minor. This provides you with two areas of specialization.
The Faculty of Arts has a number of requirements to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours), including the completion of core requirements including English, second language, numeracy/science, humanities, social sciences and two designated "research/writing" courses (one of which may be POSC 2010). As part of their non-Political Science electives, candidates may wish to consider courses with associated content offered by other departments, such as Economics, History, Philosophy, Sociology, or Women's Studies. Refer to the MUN calendar for details.
To graduate with a Joint Honours, a candidate must have an overall average of 70% or better, or 75% or better in both Honours programs' courses (excluding 1000-level courses). As well, 70% or better is required on the Honours Essay, which is completed for either Political Science or the other program. A student receiving 55% or less on any Political Science course at the 2000-level or higher is expected to seek advice from the Department at the start of the next semester to ensure that adequate progress is being maintained.
Joint Honours Requirements - Political Science
To obtain an Honours in Political Science and an Honours in another subject, students must complete the general requirements for the degree, and at least 51 credit hours (17 courses) in Political Science, as follows:
- 1000 Introduction to Politics and Government
- 2010 Research and Writing in Political Science
- 2100 Introduction to Political Theory
- 2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government
- At least two of 2200 Introduction to International Politics, 2300 Introduction to Comparative Politics, 2600 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
- 3010 Empirical Methods in Political Science
- At least one Political Science course numbered 32xx or 33xx
- At least one Political Science course numbered 36xx or 38xx
- At least two other Political Science courses at the 3000-level (can include Philosophy 3870 and 3890)
- At least three Political Science courses at the 4000-level (can include Women's Studies 4005). This can include 4010 Honours Essay I and 4011 Honours Essay II (otherwise the student must complete the Honours Essay requirements in the other subject)
- Three other Political Science courses (but no more than one of 1010 or 1020)
Honours candidates may opt to select courses that can be used towards a concentration in either Canadian Government or in Global Studies that, if completed, will be designated on their transcript.
Applying for Joint Honours
To apply for the Joint Honours program you will need the permission of the Head of the Department in both subject areas. In Political Science we will require that you complete an intake form prior to an interview with a faculty member. See the instructions for declaring on our Honours page.