Minor in Political Science

B.A. (Hons) and B.A. students in other disciplines who choose a Minor in Political Science will gain some exposure to the systematic study of politics and government that should help them in their academic studies, career, and as a citizen.


  • Awareness of politics and government that is a useful complement to any Major
  • Increased familiarity with democratic principles and institutions
  • Considerable flexibility in selecting Political Science courses that interest you


  • Less knowledge of the scientific study of politics and government than a Major in Political Science
  • Usually not a consideration for employment opportunities or graduate school
  • Not eligible to pursue a concentration in Canadian Government or Global Studies

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.

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

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

To graduate with a Minor 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.

Minor Requirements - Political Science
To obtain a Minor in Political Science, students must complete the general requirements for the degree, and at least 24 credit hours (eight courses) in Political Science, as follows:

  • 1000 Introduction to Politics and Government
  • 2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government
  • At least one other 2000-level Political Science course
  • At least one Political Science course at the 4000-level
  • At least three other Political Science courses at the 3000-level or above
  • One other Political Science course

Although not required, we recommend that Minor candidates complete 1001 Critical Reading and Writing: Politics and Governance before the end of their second year, and that they complete 3010 Empirical Methods in Political Science.


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