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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Political Science

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
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Our program emphasizes strategies for creating sustainable community development policies, which target improved quality of life and address important community justice and planning issues. 

General information

What is your passion? This program explores a wide range of issues related to understanding and reimagining the world:

  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Community building and rebuilding
  • Economics and politics
  • International and local development
  • Policy creation and implementation
  • Social justice and poverty
  • War, peace and protest

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, and social movements. It 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 website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M courses, including English (ENG4U).

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

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

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
International applicants
Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
Transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
Home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Activism
  • Anti-Poverty Policies
  • Community Development and Planning
  • Environmental Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Rights
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Labour and Economic Policy
  • Racial and Gender Equality
  • Social Policy
  • Urban Renewal and Development
  • War, Terrorism and Conflict

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

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 is an experiential learning tool that provides students with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork with a community organization, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Career opportunities

This program will prepare you to apply sociological knowledge to the pursuit of social well-being through improving community conditions. Upon graduation you will have the knowledge and skills to pursue:

  • 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 
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