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Political Science - Advanced Entry

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September (full-time)
Length Four semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
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Admission requirements: An Ontario college diploma or Ontario college advanced diploma (or equivalent) in Behavioural SciencesChild and Youth Care, Developmental Services Worker, Environmental Technology, Paralegal, Police Foundations, Protection, Security and Investigation, or Social Service Worker.

General information

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.

Additional information

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
College-to-university transfer website

Admission requirements

An Ontario college or Ontario college advanced diploma in one of the programs listed below with a minimum B-/70 per cent average:

  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Environmental Technology
  • Paralegal
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security and Investigation
  • Social Service Worker

Transfer credit

In recognition of your diploma, you will receive 20 courses toward the 40-course Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Mid-70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.

Program curriculum

You will begin the program as a part-time student, completing the four mandatory bridge courses over two semesters. After successful completion of the bridge courses, you can then transition to full-time status.

Sample courses:

  • Activism
  • Community Development and Planning
  • Environmental Justice
  • Foreign Policy
  • Health Care
  • Housing Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Inequality
  • International Development and Relations
  • Population Policy
  • Poverty
  • Urban Renewal
  • War, Terrorism and Conflict

Program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Our students have many different opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings. With more than 300 industry and community partner organizations, students have a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities available to them. In your fourth year of study you will have the opportunity to participate in a practicum placement with a community organization.

Career opportunities

  • Community organizing and outreach
  • Foreign service and diplomacy
  • Government and public service 
  • Graduate studies in sociology, policy studies or related disciplines 
  • Human rights and humanitarian aid law 
  • Non-governmental organization researcher 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Researcher with community or charitable organizations
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