Political Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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What you will learn in this program

Political scientists ask questions such as: What causes conflict in societies? Can government policy impact social inequality? What is liberty?

Political science is the study of conflict and cooperation within societies. In order to make sense of the political world, political scientists investigate concepts such as justice, liberty, representation and democracy. During the course of your studies, you'll gain statistical analysis skills, research capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and knowledge of the international political community.

Career opportunities

​As a political science graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as politics, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in political science can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

History of Political Thought​, Introduction to Government and Politics, Issues and Trends in World Politics, Political Ideologies, Politics of the Global South

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Program enhancements

Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580