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  • Political Science
  • Political Science with French Specialization
  • Law & Politics
  • Political Science (BA)/Concurrent Education (BEd)
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Get behind the headlines and learn how political power really works. Our political science program introduces you to political, economic, social, and environmental issues in Canada and around the world. We offer a great mentorship program, opportunities to do research with faculty, and the ability to complete an internship in fourth year. Our active and engaged department is home to the Political Science Society, the Model UN Club, and arranges an annual trip to Europe through the EU Study Abroad course.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics, World Politics, Political Geography, Political Economics of Agriculture and Food, International Organizations

Career Tracks: Lawyer, local, provincial, or federal government, government service official, public policy analyst, business advisor, public relations officer, journalist, graduate school, lobbyist and think tank researcher

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 77%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Meet at the intersection of Politics and Business. You will learn how policies and laws affect people, businesses and the world in this combined program. Develop your critical thinking and analytical skills to impact change both at the community level and in the corporate boardroom. Understanding economics, policies and regulations is important in today’s business world. You can take part in research on current issues and gain an understanding of economics, policies and regulations in today’s business world.

Sample Courses: Intro to Canadian Government and Politics, Business Communications, Intro to Business, Political Economy of International Trade, Business Law

Career Tracks: Lawyer, HR manager, business advisor, entrepreneur, policy analyst

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: One of Advanced Functions/MHF4U, Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U, Math of Data Management/MDM4U. English/ENG4U.
Minimum Average: 73% (70% in at least one grade 12 U math course (or equivalent))

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Parlez-vous français? Get an edge over the competition for jobs in federal public service, with non-governmental organizations and in the private sector requiring knowledge of French and francophone culture. You’ll take French language courses as well as political science courses taught in French. Study in France or Ottawa and have the option of taking the EU Study Abroad course. Do research with professors in a faculty that cares about your success.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics, World Politics, French Language Training, Introduction to Cultural Heritage of French Canada, Issues in Quebec Politics, additional courses taught in French at the University of Ottawa or abroad

Career Tracks: Government service official, public policy analyst, public relations officer, non-governmental organization consultant, border services official

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: French/FSF4U. English/ENG4U.
Recommended: Entry from French immersion program or French high school.
Minimum Average: 70%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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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.

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Inspire students to be engaged citizens by combining your education degree with a political science BA. Teach courses at the intermediate/senior level in subjects like world issues, law, social studies, and more. Our poli-sci department is welcoming, and our Faculty of Education connects you with real-world opportunities to refine your teaching skills.

Sample Courses: Teaching and Learning, Educational Psychology, Assessment and Evaluation, Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics, World Politics

Career Tracks: Secondary teacher, principal, special education teacher, learning strategist, academic administrator, educational specialist, communications specialist, public relations officer, consultant

Professional Designation Possible: OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average: 75%
Note: Admission to first year only

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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  • 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, 2018)

Trevor Fairlie

"During his four years studying in the Department of Political Science, Trevor was heavily involved in the campus and Windsor community. He served as a UWSA councillor and as president of USIRPS, the Undergraduate Society for International Relations and Political Science, in 2014-15. Trevor was also a member of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee and the Transit Windsor Board of Directors."

Trevor Fairlie
BA (Honours) in Political Science. Osgoode Hall Law School Graduate. Now articling at the Ontario Securities Commission (Enforcement Branch)

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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