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Ways to Fast Track the Co-op Degree

For ambitious, organized and hardworking students it is possible to complete a POSC Major (Co-op) or a POSC Honours (Co-op) in four years – the same length of time that it would take to complete a major or honours degree on its own.

Ways to fast-track your co-op degree plans include:

1. As with any type of degree program try to knock off specific required courses as early as possible to avoid problems that arise when a required course is not offered in your final semester. This will provide you with flexibility at the end of your program to take whatever courses you like.

2. You can obtain permission from the Office of the Dean of Arts to take a course overload (six courses) in non-work term semesters.

3. You can obtain permission from the department to take one regular course during a work term semester (i.e., during POSC 260W, 360W and 460W). This can include courses offered by the Political Science department, by other departments, or possibly involve a course transferred from another university. For an Honours student this can include part of the Honours essay (POSC 4010 or 4011) during work semesters which, with permission of the supervisor, can potentially be done by distance through regular communication with the supervisor by email and telephone.

4. With permission you can complete work terms in back-to-back semesters. However in all cases the final semester of a coop degree program must be a term of regular courses.

5. Remember that POSC 460W counts as a regular 4000-level POSC course (3 credit hours) towards the degree.

6. You can take courses during Spring semesters when you are not doing a work term.

7. Students have the option to complete final course requirements in the Spring semester before Fall convocation to meet their undergraduate degree requirements. This is a viable option for those who had fast tracked their courses and have other plans for September, such as attending graduate school. At the conclusion of the Spring semester a letter can be provided by the Office of the Registrar confirming that the undergraduate degree has been completed; this would be followed by convocation of the degree in October.

8. If you begin your undergraduate degree with credits from an advanced placement program in high school, you may be able to complete the co-op program in 4 years without any of the strategies suggested above.

Possible Course Pattern for the Accelerated (4-year) PSCE Program (Honours)

Term Political Science (POSC) courses

Fall #1: regular courses

POSC 1000, POSC 2010

Winter #1: regular courses

POSC 2100, 2600 and 2800

Spring #1: courses

3 courses in any discipline to ensure that you have 120 credit hours required for the BA at the end of four years

Fall #2: regular courses

Apply for admission to PSCE by November 15

Winter #2: regular courses

One of POSC 2200, 2300 and one of POSC36xx or 38xx

Spring #2: work term 1

POSC 260W (and an additional course if required)

Fall #3: regular courses

POSC 3010; one of POSC 32xx or 33xx; and one other POSC course at the 3000-level

Winter #3: regular courses

Two 3000-level POSC courses and one 4000-level POSC course

Spring #3: work term 2

POSC 360W, POSC 4010

Fall #4: work term 3

POSC 460W (counts as 3 credit hours), POSC 4011

Winter #4: regular courses

Two 4000-level POSC courses and one other POSC course at the 3000 or 4000-level

Spring #4:

Buffer semester to complete any missing courses.

Note: Tables are suggestions for course planning purposes only.


Possible Course Pattern for the Accelerated (4-year) PSCE Program (Major)

Term Political Science (POSC) courses

Fall #1: regular courses

POSC 1000

Winter #1: regular courses

POSC 2010 and 2800

Spring #1: courses

3-5 courses in any discipline to ensure that you have 120 credit hours required for the BA by the end of four years

Fall #2: regular courses

POSC 2100, 2600

Apply for admission to PSCE by Nov. 15

Winter #2: regular courses

One of POSC 2200, 2300 and one of POSC36xx or 38xx

Spring #2: work term 1

POSC 260W (and an additional course if required)

Fall #3: regular courses

POSC 3010 and one of POSC 32xx or 33xx

Winter #3: regular courses

One 3000-level POSC course

Spring #3: work term 2

POSC 360W (and an additional course by distance ed. if required)

Fall #4: work term 3

POSC 460W (and an additional course by distance ed. if required)

Winter #4: regular courses

Three 4000-level POSC courses

Spring #4

Buffer semester to complete any missing courses

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