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The Department of Political Science offers a wide range of undergraduate programs that are designed for motivated students who wish to excel. Graduates of these programs go on to pursue careers in many fields which may include but are not limited to business, government, public policy, international affairs, and law. Students who complete our Honors programs are well prepared for post-graduate study.

For complete program information and updates, see the UWO Academic Calendar.

Political Science Modules

Honors Specialization in Political Science

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including Political Science 1020E plus 2.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%. For a HSP Module worksheet, click here.

Module

  • 9.0 courses:
    • 1.0 course: Political Science 2237E (Political Theory), normally taken in 2nd year
    • 1.0 course: Political Science 2230E (Canadian Politics)
    • 1.0 course from: Political Science 2231E (IR) OR Political Science 2245E (Comparative Politics)
    • 0.5 course: Political Science 3324F/G (Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science)
    • 3.5 Political Science essay designated courses (E, F or G) at the 2200 level or above
    • 1.0 Political Science essay designated courses (E, F or G) at the 3000 level or above
    • 1.0 Political Science essay designated courses (E, F or G) at the 4000 level

Note: Courses at the 2100 level are suitable for Political Science Minors and non-Political Science students. These courses are topical and do not have essay designations. Students in the Honors Specialization or Major modules in Political Science may register in a maximum of 1.0 of these courses, but 2100-level courses will not count towards their Political Science module.

Major in Political Science

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements, including Political Science 1020E with a mark of at least 60%. For a Major Module worksheet, click here.

Module

  • 6.0 courses:
    • 1.0 course: Political Science 2237E (Political Theory), normally taken in 2nd year
    • 1.0 course: Political Science 2230E (Canadian Politics)
    • 1.0 course from: Political Science 2231E (IR) OR Political Science 2245E (Comparative Politics)
    • 2.0 Political Science essay designated courses (E, F or G) at the 2200 level or above
    • 1.0 Political Science essay designated courses (E, F or G) at the 3000 level

Note: Courses at the 2100 level are suitable for Political Science Minors and non-Political Science students. These courses are topical and do not have essay designations. Students in the Honors Specialization or Major modules in Political Science may register in a maximum of 1.0 of these courses, but 2100-level courses will not count towards their Political Science module.

Minor in Political Science

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements, including Political Science 1020E with a mark of at least 60%.

Module

  • 4.0 courses:
    • 3.0 Political Science courses numbered 2100 - 2199
    • 1.0 Political Science essay designated courses (E, F or G) numbered 2200 - 2299

Interdisciplinary Modules

Honors Specialization in International Relations

This is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the Departments of History and Political Science.

Note: This program is administered through the Department of History.

The Honors Specialization in International Relations examines the connections between peoples and states in historical and contemporary contexts. It is an interdisciplinary program - unique in Canada - between Political Science and History. It is also a rigorous program for high achieving students. The study of International Relations prepares students for careers in the field of international relations, including international development, international law, foreign affairs reporting, and the foreign service.

The International Relations Program is intended to provide a solid grounding in the study of International Relations from two perspectives – History and Political Science. Students are required to take courses at four different levels, each building upon the one below.

Admission Requirements

Enrolment in this module is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that students wishing to transfer into this module will be offered enrolment. For more information on Admission Requirements for the International Relations Program please visit:
http://history.uwo.ca/international_relations/.

Combined Honors BA Political Science/HBA

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the Combined Honors BA Political Science/HBA program, within the first two years students must complete a minimum of 10.0 courses, with a weighted average of 78%, including Business Administration 2257 (with a minimum mark of 70%), and no mark less than 60%.

Students apply for the combined degree program during their first year in the HBA program, typically their third year of University. Applications to the combined program must be made in writing to the Undergraduate Program Advisor of the Department of Political Science and to the HBA Program Office by the deadlines published by the Richard Ivey School of Business. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a position in the combined program.

Structure of the Program

In their first year of University, students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including Political Science 1020E; plus 2.0 additional courses with no mark in these principal courses less than 60%.

In their second year students must enroll in an Honors Specialization in the Department of Political Science and satisfy the minimum progression requirements for the second year of that Honors Specialization.

Students must attain a minimum weighted average of 78% in their first two years at University, a minimum mark of 70% in Business Administration 2257, and no mark less than 60%. (These are admission requirements.)

Students apply for the combined degree program during their first year in the HBA program, typically their third year of University.  Students must attain a minimum weighted average of 78% in the first year of the HBA program.

The combined program is designed so that students complete all the requirements of the HBA and an honors specialization in the Department of Political Science in a 5-year time frame.

The program prepares students for a successful career in business, for further graduate studies in Business, and for MA studies in Political Science.

Year One
  • 5.0 first-year courses including:
    • Political Science 1020E
    • Students must complete first-year requirements with no failures, with an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including Political Science 1020E, plus 2.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%.
Year Two (Honors Specialization in Political Science)
  • 3.0 courses Political Science 2211E, 2230E, 2237E
  • 1.0 course Political Science 2231E or Political Science 2245E
  • 1.0 course-Business Administration 2257
Year Three (HBA - First Year)
  • 8.0 credits:
    • Business 3300, 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304, 3307, 3311, 3316, 3321, 3322, 3323 with at least 78% average for combined degree acceptance
Years Four and Five - HBA

(HBA Requirements can be taken over Year 4 or 5 - no course is restricted to either year)

  • 2.0 credits:
    • International Perspective Requirement: Business 4505A/B (0.5 courses)
    • Corporations and Society Perspectives Requirement: At least one 0.5 credit course of Business 4521, 4522, 4523 or other business elective as determined and approved by the HBA Program Director to satisfy this requirement
  • 1.0 course: Business Administration 4569
  • 4.0 additional business elective credits: these must be taken at the business school; they cannot be substituted with other Western courses. 1.0 credit weight can be replaced by a 2000-level course outside the business faculty that is career related and approved by the HBA Program Office.
Years 4 and 5 - Political Science

(Political Science Requirements can be taken over year 4 or 5 - no course is restricted to either year)

  • 0.5 course: Political Science 3324F/G (Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science)
  • 2.5 courses at the Political Science 2200 level or above
  • 1.0 courses at the Political Science 3000 level or above
  • 1.0 courses at the Political Science 4000 level

Progression Requirements

Students in the combined program must meet the progression standards of each Faculty or School. Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year 3) must attain a minimum weighted average of at least 78%. In Years 4 and 5, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000 level HBA courses. They also must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their Honors Specialization module and meet all other progression requirements of the Honors Specialization module in which they are enrolled.

Combined Honors Specialization in Political Science (BA)/Juris Doctor (JD) Program

The combined Political Science/JD program is administered on behalf of the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Law. The combined program allows students to complete both the JD and BA Honors Specialization – Political Science degrees in six academic years instead of the seven years required if the degrees were taken separately.

In Years One, Two and Three, students are registered in the Faculty of Social Science. In Year Four, students are registered in the Faculty of Law. Students are registered in the combined program for Years Five and Six.

The Honors Specialization in Political Science component will require a total of 18.0 courses. These will include 5.0 first-year courses, including Political Science 1020E; 9.0 Political Science courses satisfying the Political Science Honors Specialization modular requirements; and 4.0 electives. Breadth requirements must be satisfied (1.0 Category B course and 1.0 Category C. course).

Below is an outline of the combined program by year. The specifics may change as courses change in each Faculty.

Students registered in the combined program are expected to abide by all guidelines associated with each of the individual programs.

Admission to the Combined Program
Applicants to the combined program must apply to the Faculty of Law in the Third year in Political Science in accordance with the submission deadlines advertised in the Western University Academic Calendar. To be eligible for admission, a student must:

1. Complete first year (5.0 first-year courses) with an overall average of at least 80% and at least 80% in Political Science 1020E;

2. Complete second year Honors Specialization Political Science with an overall minimum average of 80% and a minimum of 80% in Political Science 2230E;

3. Complete third year Honors Specialization Political Science with an overall minimum average of 80%;

4. Meet the minimum LSAT requirement established by the Faculty of Law;

5. Be admitted to the Faculty of Law.

Meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee a position in the combined program.

Recommended Structure of the Program

Year One: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Science, or Social Science

First-year program in Arts and Humanities, Science, or Social Science:

5.0 courses  including Political Science 1020E (Introduction to Political Science); 1.0 course from Category B or Category C.

 

Years Two and Three: Faculty of Social Science, Political Science 
Students enroll in 10 courses:

2.0 courses: Political Science 2237E and Political Science 2230E (must be taken in Year Two)
1.0 course from: Political Science 2231E or Political Science 2245E

3.5 courses: Political Science designated essay courses (E, F or G), at the 2200 level or above

0.5 course: Political Science 3324F/G (must be taken in Year Three).

1.0 course: Political Science designated essay course (E, F or G) at the 3000 level or above
2.0 additional elective courses (these may include additional Political Science courses or non-Political Science and non-Law courses. Please ensure that both Category B and C requirements have been met).

Year Four: Faculty of Law 
Students must take first year Law. No courses outside of Law may be taken during this year.

Years Five and Six: combined Faculty of Law/Political Science Students will take, as approved, required and elective courses from both the Faculty of Law and Political Science

In Years Five and Six, students must complete the following requirements:

Law Requirements

• the two compulsory upper-year Law courses;
• at least three Law core-group courses;
• additional Law courses totaling at least 25 credit hours, one of which must have an essay requirement with a weight of at least two credits;

Political Science Requirements (3.0 additional courses)

1.0 course: Political Science designated essay course (E, F or G) at the 4000 level

2.0 additional elective courses (may include additional Political Science courses or non-Political Science and non-Law courses)

Progression Requirements 
Once admitted to the combined program, students must meet the regular progression requirements of the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law. Further, in each of Years Four, Five and Six, students must obtain a B average in their Law courses and a 75% average in their Political Science courses. 

A student who fails to meet the combined program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, if that student has met the progression standards of either the Political Science or JD program, he or she will be allowed to proceed to the next year of that program. If that student has satisfied the progression standards of both individual programs, he or she may continue in either program and may petition the Faculty whose program was not selected for permission to complete that program at a later date. 

A student who is required to withdraw from the combined program and continues with either or both of the individual programs must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or programs in order to graduate from that program or those programs. 

Exchange Programs 
Students enrolled in the combined program may be eligible in Years Five or Six for an exchange program offered only through the Faculty of Law. This will require advanced planning with both Faculties. 

Dean's Honor List 
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List in their home faculty in Years One, Two and Three. In Year Four, they are considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Law. A student who takes Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours in each of Years Five and Six of the program is considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Law in each of those years on the basis of those courses. A student is also considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Social Science on the basis of courses taken in each of those years. 

Graduation with Distinction 
Eligibility to graduate with distinction for each degree is determined by each Faculty. 

Gold Medal 
Students in the combined program are eligible to be considered for the Gold Medal in either or both degree programs, along with other eligible graduating students in those programs, as determined by the requirements in each Faculty.  

Fees 
Tuition fees for the combined programs are set by the University. Contact the Office of the Registrar, Western Student Services building, RM 1120, 519-661-2100, or atwww.registrar.uwo.ca for details.