Course Information

Political Science

To get the most out of the Political Science undergraduate program, we strongly recommend that you take courses from a variety of subfields and streams.

We have compiled course suggestion guides, organized by subfields and themes to help you make the most of your undergraduate degree experience.

If you're entering 3rd or 4th year, please check out our course suggestions organized by 2200-level courses that you may have taken.

Information for Students About Our Courses

Undergraduate programs offered by Western Political Science are intended to provide a solid grounding in the study of Political Science. Each level of courses represents another step in the progression toward graduation.

  • The first year course, Politics 1020E, provides an overview of the discipline and introduces students to important skills, such as essay writing.

  • Courses at the 2100 level are intended for students in our Minors module and students not enrolled in the Major or Honors Specialization programs. These courses are topical and do not have essay designations.

  • Courses at the 2200 level are intended to be surveys of specific subfields in Political Science. Material covered in these courses is more detailed than in Political Science 1020E. Expectations and assignments are more rigorous; essay writing and oral communication skills are expected to develop beyond the introductory level, where appropriate.

  • Courses at the 3000 level build upon what has been learned in Political Science courses at lower levels. These courses provide students with an opportunity to delve deeper into more specific topics. The assignments and readings are more demanding than at the 2200 level, with an emphasis on developing higher-level writing and argumentation skills.

  • Courses at the 4000 level are intended to be capstones for the Honors Specialization program. These courses are unique, small seminars that are focused on intriguing topics. Student participation is emphasized in these courses and students are given the opportunity to synthesize and more thoroughly develop their knowledge and skills in their course work.