Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

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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 Political Science.

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://internationalrelations.uwo.ca/undergraduate/Program%20Information.html.

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.

Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics - Politics and Philosophy concentration (PPE-P)

The Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics is intended as a high-quality, challenging and selective program that prepares students for professional and graduate programs and leadership roles in domestic or international politics, law, public policy, economics and business.

The PPE program at Western University has its roots in the 100-year old program at Oxford University that has created generations of leaders in business, government and the media. Combine courses from Western’s top-rated departments to prepare yourself for leadership roles.

Enrolment in this module is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that students who wish to enroll will be accepted. 

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must complete 3.0 principal courses, including Political Science 1020E, Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, and 1.0 Philosophy course(s) at the 1000 level, with an average of at least 75% and no mark less than 70%, plus 2.0 additional courses at the 1000 level.

Students must have successfully completed one of: MCV4U, Mathematics 0110A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, Calculus 1000A/B, or Calculus 1500A/B.   

Students may be admitted to the module if they have completed the math requirement and at least 2.0 of the required 3.0 principal courses. Students must complete the remaining 1.0 principal course within 12 months after entering the module. 

Module (9.0 courses:)

  • 0.5 course: PPE 2200F/G (normally taken in the first year of the module)
  • 1.5 course: Political Science 2237E and 3324F/G
  • 1.0 course from: Philosophy 2700F/G (recommended), Philosophy 2200F/G, Philosophy 2202F/G, or Philosophy 2500F/G
  • 1.0 courses: Economics 2150A/B and 2151A/B
  • 1.0 course:  PPE 4100E
  • 4.0 courses from at least two of the three PPE disciplines (Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics).  Political Science and Philosophy courses must be numbered 2200 and above; Economics courses should be numbered 2100-2199.  At least 2.0 of these 4.0 courses must be numbered 3000 and higher.  

Students are advised to consult the Undergraduate Officer in the Department of Political Science for more detailed information about the module.

Note:  Many of the intermediate and upper level courses that can count towards this module have prerequisites.  Students should carefully plan their programs of study accordingly.

Note: Courses counted toward this module may not be counted toward another module. If you are interested in adding a second module that requires overlapping courses, consult the department about how that issue can be resolved.