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Political Science (BA)


 waterloo

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 way that we respond to the challenge of environmental degradation in the oil sands 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, as well as 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 + Master's Program

You can also apply for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (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.

Earn a Law Degree, Too

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

  • View the Political Science experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Our courses cover all aspects of the discipline.
  • Dive straight into a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science after completing your Bachelor of Arts (BA): apply for our BA + Master's program.
  • You can also apply for our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program, where you earn an honours Arts degree from Laurier and a law degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom in six years.
  • Our faculty bring their cutting-edge research – and their contacts with practitioners – into the classroom.

Sample Courses

  • Markets, Money and International Politics
  • Introduction to Law
  • Canadian Environmental Policy
  • The Polarization of American Politics
  • Media Analysis in a Digital Age

Requirements

International Baccalaureate Requirements

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

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Management Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • International Public Policy Option
  • Research Specialization
  • North American Studies Minor
  • Global Studies Minor
  • History Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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