Major in Political Science

Political Science Major students can expect to learn about the systematic study of politics and government. Studying Political Science provides students with effective analytical and communication skills that lead well into careers in many fields such as law, public administration, the civic service, journalism, politics and academia, among others.

Advantages

  • Knowledge of the scientific study of politics and government
  • Improved opportunities for jobs in areas such as the government, media or consulting
  • Can pursue an optional concentration in Canadian Government or Global Studies

Disadvantages

  • Less depth than an Honours degree
  • Usually a terminal degree (i.e., not for moving on to law school or Masters)

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has a number of requirements to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts, which are outlined in the University Calendar. 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.

While working towards a Major in Political Science, you could opt to select courses that will allow you to also complete an academic certificate.

Instead of a Political Science Major you could opt to take a Double Major. This would require completing the requirements for a Major in Political Science and completing the requirements for a Major in another subject. You would no longer have a Minor. For example, instead of graduating with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Economics, you could graduate with a Major in Political Science and a Major in Economics. Candidates may consult with the Head of the Department or its Undergraduate Liaison to receive advice on Political Science course selections.

To graduate with a Major in Political Science, a candidate must have an average of 60% or better in courses required for the Political Science program (excluding 1000-level courses). 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.

Students interested in a Major in Political Science should formally declare by the time that they have completed 6 Political Science courses (18 credit hours) to ensure that appropriate course selections are made.

Major Requirements - Political Science
To obtain a Major in Political Science, students must complete the general requirements for the degree, and at least 42 credit hours (14 courses) in Political Science, as follows:

  • 1000 Introduction to Politics and Government
  • 1001 Critical Reading and Writing: Politics and Governance
  • 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)
  • One other Political Science course

Notes:
Although not required, we recommend that Major candidates complete 1001 Critical Reading and Writing: Politics and Governance, preferably before the end of their second year.

Majors 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.

Contact

Department of Political Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000