Undergraduate Program In Political Science

Political Science Western Canadian Politics Field Photo of Parliamentary Building in OttawaWant to make a difference? Study Politics!

Almost every aspect of our lives requires some sort of political activity. The policies and principles which governments endorse and follow determine how our society deals with issues such as education, welfare, housing, health care, and crime. Whether countries are at war or at peace depends both on what governments do and who supports them.

Our values, our careers, our freedoms, and our responsibilities are all formed in a political context. Therefore, to study politics is to study the real world. Political science courses will help you develop the skills necessary to make sense of that world.

A degree in political science prepares students for a wide range of jobs in many different fields including but not limited to federal/provincial/local government, business, journalism, broadcasting, public relations, international relations, policy analysis, market research, interest group advocacy, law and education.  A political science degree offers not just the knowledge and background needed for these jobs, but  a complex set of skills as well.  Research, analysis, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving, and public speaking skills figure highly in our courses.

Political Science is interdisciplinary in nature and is a perfect complement to a great range of other subjects such as economics, history, sociology, psychology, geography, criminology, philosophy, or business.

Everyone benefits from learning about government and politics. Most people will be called on to vote periodically and help make vital choices about who should govern their city, province, and country.

Reasons to Study Political Science at Western

Award Winning Faculty:

In the past five years, Political Science Professors have received more than 30 awards and honors for their teaching. The first year course, Politics 1020, is taught by two lecturers who have won University-wide awards in the past few years. We pride ourselves on providing excellent, interesting, and thought-provoking classes.

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Education

  • International Relations
  • Faculty of Law
  • Centre for American Studies
  • Centre for Transitional Justice & Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  • Ivey HBA Program
  • Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

Student Clubs and Associations

  • Political Science Association
  • The Social Contract
  • Association for International Relations Students
  • Model NATO Annual Conference
  • Model United Nations Society
  • STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur)
  • Campus Coalition for Democracy (CCD)
  • Canadian Political Science Students' Association (CPSSA)

International Student Exchange Programs

Western is committed to internationalization and encourages all students to become global citizens. By studying on exchange, students develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to become competent global citizens and leaders. While on exchange, students build familiarity and connections with different world regions. Our exchange programs offer you life transforming experiences and opportunities for personal and professional development to help you succeed in today's global economy.