Undergraduate Programs

Political Science is so much more than how a bill becomes a law!  We study politics to understand the world in times of peace and stability and in times of crisis and change.  How?  By exploring fundamental ideas like justice, equality, democracy, oppression, and emancipation, and applying them to spaces as different as the halls of Parliament and refugee settlement camps.  Political scientists can then identify and question power structures that shape things like how we are governed; which approaches to political action are successful; which group identities are recognized in political discourses and public policies; why states and citizenship play such a large role in political reasoning. 

Political Science courses cover a wide range of issues, including expressions of democracy at the polls, on the streets, within communities, and via social media; state-society relations in the local, national, and international spheres; foreign, health, education, energy, immigration, and criminal justice policy; impacts of settler-colonialism on Indigenous rights, reconciliation, and feminism; mass calls for and reactions against environmental, economic, racial, class, and gender justice  and intersections among them; and roles for non-governmental, international, and regional organization.

Our innovative Political Science undergraduate program allows you to choose your “core” and specialized courses from six fields: 

  • Canadian Politics: institutions, processes, and behavior federally, provincially, and locally; analysis of elections, parties, and public policies; identities and interests shaping political expression; Canada as a colonial state
  • Gender and Politics: the production of gender by the state, society, law, and media; intersections of gendered, racialized, Indigenous, and classed identities; the gender politics of private life; feminist and queer theories
  • Comparative Politics: forms of government and politics in countries and regions including East Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Latin America; the nature and origins of popular political movements
  • Indigenous Politics: Indigenous communities and nations; Indigenous political thought and knowledges; colonization and decolonization; paths of truth and reconciliation; comparative Indigenous feminisms
  • Political Theory: critical ideas and ideals grounding studies of power, citizenship, justice, democracy, rights, and sovereignty
  • International Relations: ideas animating nation-states and international political regimes; global governance, finance, trade and aid; foreign policy among states and regions; approaches to conflict and peace/post-conflict contexts
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