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Political Science (BA)


We live in a “political” world. From the local to the global, decisions made by politicians, government officials, corporations and community leaders affect all aspects of our lives – from the amount of taxes we pay and the wait times in our health-care system, to whether we send our troops into combat or on peacekeeping missions.

A Political Science degree at Laurier gives you the training and tools you need in areas such as political communication, policy and legal analysis, public opinion design and implementation, and election analysis. In the process, you’ll gain the experience and skills to understand the political events and debates around you, preparing you for a life of engaged citizenship.

Our program allows you to concentrate your studies in international governance and global trade, Canadian politics, comparative politics (e.g., the U.S. and Europe), public policy, area studies (Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East), and political research methodology.

BA+MA Program

You can also apply for a BA+MA in Political Science to receive two conditional offers of admission: one to undergraduate studies (BA) in Political Science, and one to graduate studies (MA) in Political Science.

BA+LLB Program

You can combine this program with a law degree (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program can be completed in six years.

You'll complete your first two years in the Political Science program at our Waterloo campus. Students who meet the GPA and progression requirements may then apply to the UK law program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to the University of Sussex law school; there is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam. After three years of studying abroad in the UK and completing an LLB, you'll return for one final year at Laurier to complete your Laurier BA.

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Program Highlights

Sample Courses

  • Global Political-Military Issues
  • Poverty and Inequality in the Global South
  • Canadian Democracy
  • The Politics of Trade
  • Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics


  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


A degree in Political Science won’t necessarily make you a politician (although several of our graduates have gone in that direction). With a degree in Political Science, you’ll possess a broad range of skills that prepare you for employment in the government, education, journalism, law, business and civil society sectors, both within Canada and abroad.

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