Political science

Campus: St. John's Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science Honours available: Yes
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts; International bachelor of arts; Joint arts and science degree
Length: Four years
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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, elections, protests, and social movements, and the way in which they interact with governments to shape politics at the local, national, and global levels.

Political science at Memorial

Memorial's Department of Political Science has research strengths in public policy, environmental politics, public opinion, democracy, ethnic conflict, migration, gender, political theory, and global politics, particularly in Canada, the United States, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia. 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 travel abroad.

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 registrar@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 - Canadian Politics and Government
POSC 3130 – Democracy and Its Discontents
POSC 4360 – Contentious Politics, Protests, Violence, and Terrorism

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
  • public servant
  • diplomat
  • politician
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • policy analyst
  • researcher
  • community worker
  • public relations
  • media and communications

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.