BA in Political Science with Co-operative Education
BA Honours in Political Science
BA Honours in Political Science with Co-operative Education
Concurrent BA in Political Science and Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations
BA in International Relations with Cooperative Education
Concurrent BA in International Relations and Bachelor of Education
BA in International Indigenous Studies
BA in International Indigenous Studies with Co-operative Education
Note: Minors are offered in Political Science, Security Studies, and International Indigenous Studies.
The Department of Political Science offers courses in the principal fields of the discipline: Canadian government, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. The BA (Political Science) program is designed to expose students to each of these fields, as well as to encourage an appreciation of the broader themes and issues that cut across them (see "Courses of Instruction" for Table of Principal Field courses).
In addition, Political Science 439 introduces the area of strategic studies, which is more prominent at the graduate level, and provides students an opportunity to contribute to advanced research in this area completing their bachelor's degrees (see the Departmental brochure for further details).
The Department of Political Science offers an Interdisciplinary Major in International Relations. The BA (International Relations) is designed to expose students to the diversity of approaches to the study of international relations while also providing an opportunity for individualized programs that reflect student interests. The program is structured around a common core set of courses, a regional cluster focused on a specific area of the world, and a thematic specialization focused on major approaches to the study of international relations.
The BA (International Relations) requires careful selection of courses to meet its requirements. Students should consult with the Program Co-ordinator concerning their course selection. There is neither a Minor nor an Honours program available in International Relations.
The Department also offers an interdisciplinary major in International Indigenous Studies. Students must carefully select their courses to meet the requirements of this degree and they should consult with the program Co-ordinator of the International Indigenous Studies program before selecting courses. There is a minor program available in International Indigenous Studies but not an honors program.
Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online: arts.ucalgary.ca/advising.
Advice and information about Political Science courses and programs may be obtained from the Political Science Advisor, the Undergraduate Director, International Relations Program Co-ordinator or International Indigenous Studies Co-ordinator. Detailed course descriptions for individual courses or for different sections of a single course are available in the departmental office.
The University of Calgary is committed to providing equitable access and participation of Aboriginal people in all its faculties, programs and services.
Limitation of Enrolment
Due to high demand, admission to the BA (International Relations) is limited. Whenever demand exceeds capacity, enrolment will be limited and students will be admitted on a competitive basis. Admission averages are typically set above the minimum level for the Faculty of Arts. These higher admission standards are applicable to high-school applicants, external transfer applicants from other post-secondary institutions and internal transfer applicants from other programs at the University of Calgary, whether inside or outside the Faculty of Arts.
The Minor in Security Studies cannot be taken in conjunction with minors in History or Political Science.
Admission to Honours
The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to BA Political Science (Honours) established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework. Students wishing to be considered for admission into BA Political Science (Honours) program must have completed at least 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents). The application deadline is February 1.
Field of Political Science
The Field of Political Science consists of all courses labelled Political Science (POLI). For categorization of subfields, see table at beginning of course offerings.
Field of International Relations
Courses in the Field of International Relations are grouped into Core Courses, Thematic Clusters and Regional Clusters:
The regional clusters group courses to give students a deeper understanding of contemporary historical, cultural, political, economic and geographical force at work within the principal area of the world:
Most of the courses listed above have prerequisites that lie outside the Field of International Relations. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed. We encourage students to speak with a program advisor on a regular basis to assist with a degree planning.
Development Studies 401 and 501 may be used towards either the International Institutions and Governance or International Political Economy clusters depending on the topic and subject to approval by the Program Co-ordinator.
Field of International Indigenous Studies
The field of International Indigenous Studies consists of the following courses:
* Will be accepted when the topic is appropriate. Obtaining approval from the Program Co-ordinator may be required.
Most of the courses listed above have prerequisites that lie outside the Field of International Indigenous Studies. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed. We encourage students to speak with a program advisor on a regular basis to assist with a degree planning.
Special topic courses may be approved and categorized by the Program Co-ordinator. There are a large number of relevant topic courses offered by departments and programs inside and outside the Faculty of Arts that may require approval.