Political Studies (also known as Political Science) examines the dynamics of human interaction in which individuals and groups compete to achieve their goals. The study of politics involves a consideration of the interactions between the individual, the state, government, public affairs and public policy.
As a political studies student in the Faculty of Arts, you will explore the dynamics of these interactions in the context of competing visions, values and interests, particularly in the pursuit of varying public goals, including the quest for political power and the control of government. The department of political studies has many opportunities for you to explore, with the ability to specialize in one of the following areas: political theory, Canadian politics, international relations, comparative politics or public administration.
Skills you will gain by studying POLITICAL STUDIES
- An enhanced awareness of the political process, a greater sense of personal involvement and an increased willingness to accept the responsibilities of democratic citizenship
- The ability to collect, analyze and interpret data using statistical analysis and make reasoned judgments on the basis of the available data
- The ability to think critically and understand political problems and systems according to concepts of political theory
- The ability to communicate effectively and express your ideas both verbally and in writing
Political Studies Coop Program
There are substantial benefits to enrolling in a co-op program during your undergraduate degree.
The training and experience you receive during your co-op work term, combined with your academic knowledge, will better prepare you for your professional career. You will also have an opportunity to explore different career pathways and develop industry contacts.