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Political Science

Law & Politics

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  • Political Science
  • Political Science with French Specialization
  • Law & Politics
  • Political Science (BA)/Concurrent Education (BEd)
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Beyond a reasonable doubt, this is an elite program popular with elite students who have an average of 85% or above. Focusing on the legal aspects of philosophy, history, criminology, sociology, politics, and government, there aren’t many other programs like it around. Use it to prepare for law school or an array of other careers. In this program you won’t just be a number. It’s a close-knit department where your professors will know your name.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, Legal Process in Canada, Reasoning Skills, Informal Logic: Argumentation

Career Tracks: Lawyer, legal consultant, government service official, law enforcement officer, policy analyst, graduate school

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 85%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 86%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Describe and explain major issues and phenomena of political science
  • Research and investigate political issues, synthesize data and information from varying sources and present descriptive and empirical evidence to support a central thesis
  • Confidently assert political ideas and arguments, and defend them with sound reason and logic
  • Effectively communicate ideas, arguments and evidence through clear, concise and coherent written work
  • Explain the rights and responsibilities associated with Canadian and global citizenship
  • Propose and evaluate alternative policy solutions to contemporary societal problems


Number of Graduates (2019)


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Social Sciences, 2019)

Émilie Weidl

"I wouldn’t trade my time in the Law & Politics program for anything. The incredible professors I met and experiences I had paved the way for my path forward. Working on research with some of our professors inspired me to aim for a career in academia. I also took advantage of the courses taught in French at the faculty and am currently taking almost all of my law courses at McGill in French, which I don’t think I would have been able to do had it not been for the vocabulary and writing skills gained in those French-language Political Science classes."

Émilie Weidl
Law & Politics

Career Tracks*

  • Administrator
  • Border services official
  • Business advisor
  • Community organizer
  • Court monitor
  • Development analyst
  • Development officer
  • Human resources manager
  • Immigration agent
  • Journalist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Local government official
  • Marketing manager
  • Media analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Political aide
  • Professor
  • Public official
  • Public relations officer
  • Reporter
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Teacher

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia
  • Business: Analysis, research, corporate communications
  • Education: Public schools, vocational/corporate training
  • Government services
  • Journalism: Political correspondence and analysis
  • Law and legal services
  • Law enforcement
  • Politics: Political office, campaign management, polling and research, speech writing
  • Public policy think tanks and consulting: Public/private sectors
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