The Department of Political Science offers a series of undergraduate programs designed to meet the needs of students with varying interests. Requirements for each program are restricted to the completion of a specified number of courses in different fields of the discipline before graduation. For these purposes Political Science courses above the 100-level are numbered according to the field within which they fall.
The key to this scheme is the second digit of the course number as follows:
with the number 9 reserved for special courses which are not regarded as dealing with a particular field of the discipline. PSCI 291 and 292 are non-program courses (see Note).
Three-Year General Political Science
Eligibility for graduation in the General Political Science program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:
Four-Year General Political Science
Eligibility for graduation in the Four-Year General Political Science program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:
Honours Political Science
Eligibility for graduation in the Honours Political Science program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:
Honours Political Science (Administrative Studies)
Eligibility for graduation in Honours Political Science with an Administrative Studies Option includes fulfillment of the following requirements:
The following study Options are also open to students in Honours Political Science: Women's Studies, Iberoamerican Studies, Legal Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Personnel Studies, Canadian Studies.
Co-operative Program in Honours Political Science
The program leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Honours Political Science (Co-operative program) is designed for students who intend to enter careers in government, the mass media, business, political parties, or public opinion organizations. Qualified students will ordinarily be admitted to the program after completion of their first three academic terms with a minimum mark of 78% in at least two Political Science term courses. The program consists of six further academic terms and a minimum of four paid work terms with participating employers.
The academic requirements of the Co-operative program are identical with those of the Regular Honours program in Political Science. The program is open to students enrolled in either the Regular Honours Political Science program or Honours Political Science (Administrative Studies Option).
The first work term of the Co-operative program occurs after the successful completion of Year Two courses. At the beginning of the fourth year students may have the option of either continuing the pattern of alternating work terms or working for a full year before returning to campus for the last two academic terms.
Interested students should apply to the program in November of Year Two. Ordinarily qualified students are admitted in January of Year Two. The minimum requirement for admission to the program is a 75% average in three Political Science courses. Admissions decisions are made by the Co-op Officer in consultation with the Undergraduate Affairs Committee.
Honours Political Science (Applied Studies Co-op)
A student may combine an Honours Political Science program with Applied Studies Co-op. The requirements for Political Science are a minimum of 16 term courses, with at least 14 beyond the 100-level. There must be at least one term course from each of four different fields of the discipline as defined above. At least 4 term courses must be taken at the 400-level. See the Applied Studies requirements for requirements details. Students planning to enrol in Honours Political Science (Applied Studies Co-op) should consult the Department's Co-op Officer.
Political Science Joint Honours Program
Students who wish to combine a study of Political Science with a broad training in a related discipline such as Sociology or History, or in fact in any other discipline in which they are interested, can do so in a Joint Honours program.
Joint Honours programs have been approved between Political Science and:
Anthropology Geography Drama History Economics Mathematics English Music Environment and Philosophy Resource Studies Psychology French Sociology
Eligibility for graduation in the Political Science Joint Honours program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:
Any student in an Honours program or a Four-Year General Major program may qualify for a Minor in Political Science by completing ten term courses in Political Science before graduation with a cumulative average of 65% or better. Courses must be selected to meet the following requirements:
Note For All Programs
No student in a General, Honours, Joint Honours or Minor program in Political Science may use PSCI 291 or 292 to meet program requirements.
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