Politics is omnipresent in our lives. Political science seeks to describe, analyze, understand and assess the principles and power relations that govern social life. It revolves as much around the structures and institutions that define these relations and principles as around the ideas and practices that drive them. It studies everything that influences political life and institutions (ideologies, groups, social movements, etc.) on a local, regional, national and international scale.

Our programs offer in-depth training in political science and encourage critical reflection on pivotal issues like citizenship, identity, political participation, globalization and development, governance and the state, and ethics and democracy. A discipline open to many theoretical and methodological approaches, political science constantly exchanges and shares with other fields. At the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies, you build your knowledge in four subfields of political science: political thought, Canadian and Quebec politics, comparative politics, and international relations and global politics.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

Co-operative education is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

French immersion is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

POL 1101Introduction to Political Science3 Units
POL 2101Introduction to Canadian Politics3 Units
POL 2103Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics3 Units
POL 2104Introduction to Comparative Politics3 Units
POL 2107Introduction to Political Thought3 Units
POL 2108Modern Political Thought I3 Units
POL 2156Foundations of Research in Political Science3 Units
POL 3102Modern Political Thought II3 Units
3 course units from: 3 Units
Qualitative Analysis in Political Science
Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
9 optional course units in political science (POL) 9 Units
6 optional course units in political science (POL) at the 4000 level6 Units
Total: 42 Units