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.