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Political Science - GAS Transfer

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Experiential learning
Internship
Practicum

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Six semesters (full-time)

Program load
Full-time
Part-time

OUAC code
DAO

Overview

Students in class. Enhance your Durham College GAS Certificate, and interest in political science, in this general arts and science transfer program.

Social justice and poverty; war, peace, and protest; economics and politics; community building and rebuilding; international and local development; policy creation and implementation; climate change and environmental sustainability—what is your passion? Explore a wide range of issues related to understanding and reimagining the world in the Political Science program. This program is unique in that it addresses policy and social justice issues, with a focus on the interrelations of communities including nations, regions, cities, towns, religions and social movements.

Our program emphasizes strategies for creating sustainable policies for community and international development, improved quality of life, and social justice and community planning.

This interdisciplinary major draws on faculty strengths in political science, sociology, public policy, history, communication and digital media studies, philosophy, legal studies, and economics to give you an integrated multidisciplinary background.


A new world opened up to me at Ontario Tech because I developed a sense of purpose, and belonged to a community that was filled with warm-hearted, resilient people. Through the opportunity to participate in a practicum, I was able to narrow down my interests and have a better understanding of what I wanted in a career. Stacey Snow Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science Class of 2019


Admissions

Admissions


Students who have successfully completed a General Arts and Science Certificate - Ontario Tech Liberal Arts Transfer/University Transfer option at Durham College may apply for direct admission into the second year of the Political Science program. Eligible applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 70 per cent in each college prerequisite course with an overall average of 77 per cent or higher.


Last year's cut-off77 per cent
Expected cut-offHigh 70s
In recognition of your certificate, you will receive 10 courses toward your 40-course BA in Political Science degree.
The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Experiential learning
Internship
Practicum

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Six semesters (full-time)

Program load
Full-time
Part-time

OUAC code
DAO

Contact information

Career opportunities

  • Community organizing and outreach
  • Foreign service and diplomacy
  • Government administration and public service 
  • Graduate studies in political science, sociology, policy studies or related disciplines 
  • Human rights and humanitarian aid work
  • Law 
  • Policy analysis in business, government or non-profit organizations
  • Research with government, community or charitable organizations 

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

  • Sample courses
    • Canadian Politics
    • Economics for Public Policy
    • International Politics and Policy
    • Theories of Policy Analysis
    • What is Community?

    More information is available in the Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.