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

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. 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.

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 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 CalendarCourses 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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