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Welcome to Political Science at Memorial

Memorial's Department of Political Science has research strengths in public policy; European and international politics; and elections, campaigns and voting, particularly in Canada. The quality of our research and teaching is reflected in our programs and our students' successes.

Students who work towards a B.A. Honours or Major have the option of concentrating in Canadian Government or in Global Studies. They can also gain job experience in a work internship, pursue a Co-op degree, or spend a semester in Europe.

Graduate students can complete a research or internship focused Master's degree. Our M.A. program prepares students for both academic and professional careers. It attracts students from universities across Canada, including the universities of Victoria, Alberta, Manitoba, Western Ontario, Brock, Toronto, Laurier, Ottawa, Carleton, Concordia and all of the universities in Atlantic Canada. We have also admitted dozens of students from other parts of the world.

While many of our students go on to professional positions in the civil service, our undergraduate and graduate students regularly receive admission to leading MA and PhD programs with generous funding packages. In fact, over the last four years, 12 students from our department have been awarded prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) fellowships.

(Information on this site pertains primarily to Political Science at our St. John's campus. See also Grenfell Campus information.)


 In Memoriam

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On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, we tragically lost a member of our political science family at Memorial University. Dr. Christopher Dunn, a long time member of the Department, passed away after a long battle with illness.

Chris touched many lives. He was a dedicated teacher and scholar who left a lasting mark on the the University and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

We offer our deepest condolences to his family members, colleagues and students.

This is a difficult time for our community. If this news raises any personal issues for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the Department. We are here for you and we can help direct you to the relevant University services.

Visitation will be held at Carnell's Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Thursday, November 9 from 7 - 9 p.m. and Friday, November 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.

Funeral Mass to take place at St. Pius X Church, Smithville Crescent on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.