Faculty of Arts - Political Studies

Program description

Political Studies examines the dynamics of human interaction in which individuals and groups compete, and cooperate, to achieve their goals, in the context of competing visions, values and interests. It is therefore a study of power, particularly in connection with law and public policy.
Because people often disagree about, say, civil liberties, sustainable development, and distributive justice, they divide themselves into various groups: nations, political parties, trade unions, business associations, environmental organizations, to mention but a few. Political studies tries to understand what happens when individuals and groups struggle with one another to achieve their different goals. Within states there are mechanisms called governments to oversee and guide political struggle, and studying politics can help us better appreciate why various types of government behave the way they do.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts, Political Studies - 3 years

B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts, Political Studies Advanced - 4 years

B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - Co-op options - 5 years

B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts, Political Studies Honours - 4 years  

B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - 5 years - Co-op option available

Professional opportunities

    • Government agencies
    • Teacher or professor 
    • Lawyer 
    • Journalist 
    • Politician

    Co-op Option

    The Department of Political Studies offers a Co-op education program attached to an Advanced degree and an Honours degree option. Students in the co-op program have an amazing opportunity to meet employers, get career support and complete 12-months of paid work experience before graduation.

    Admission requirements

    Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

    What is unique about this program at the U of M?

    • Committed and dynamic faculty
    • Small student-faculty ratios
    • 5 major subfields covered
    • Legislative internship programs
    • Annual student conferences

    Important links

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of Political Studies
    Graduate Programs