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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

What is Political Science?

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.

Political Science at Laurier

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 topics ranging from 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), to refugees and migration and political research methodology.

There are also a number of ways you can complement your degree with experiential learning opportunities:

Interested in Graduate Studies?

You can apply for our Bachelor of Arts (BA) + master's program to receive two conditional offers of admission: one to undergraduate studies, where you'll earn a BA in Political Science, and one to graduate studies, where you'll earn a Master of Applied Politics (MAP).

Interested in Law?

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.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the Political Science program at Laurier because I have been able to shape my degree based on my academic interests. I would highly recommend this program because of the courses offered, professors who are committed to student learning, and experiential learning opportunities!"

– Hillary Kendrick (BA '18)

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