Political Science

Political science is the systematic study of politics. Political scientists consider not only the structure and operations of government, but also public opinion, political parties and elections, and the way in which they interact with governments and shape the polices they make.

Political science at Memorial

Memorial's Department of Political Science has research strengths in public policy, European and international politics, as well as elections, campaigns and voting, particularly in Canada. Students who work towards a B.A. honours or major have the option of concentrating in Canadian government or in global studies. You can also gain job experience in a work internship, pursue a co-op degree, or spend a semester in Europe.

The Department of Political Science offers a co-operative education option available to political science majors. Admission to the co-op option is competitive for a limited number of places.

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to your meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.

You may choose political science as your major at the time of application or you can explore your options and declare a major in a later semester by emailing reghelp@mun.ca to make your choice official.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for political science students.

Sample courses and degree map

POSC 2800 - Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government
POSC 3280 - Foreign Policy
POSC 3350 - Public Opinion and Voting

Political science degree map

Degree maps are navigational tools, designed to help you make the right choices throughout your bachelor of arts degree. They cover information pertaining to your studies, provide study tips, career guidance, suggestions for involvement, advice on go abroad activities and on your well being.

 

Career opportunities

A bachelor of arts degree, with a major in political science, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • lawyer
  • government service worker
  • policy analyst
  • researcher

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.

Program Information
Faculty/School:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department:

Political Science

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Campus:

St. John's

Honours Option:

Yes

Co-op Available:

Yes

Duration:

4 years

Intake:

Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:

No


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Tel: (709) 864-8000