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 discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.

POL 1101Introduction to Political Science3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Canadian Politics
Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 2107Introduction to Political Thought3 Units
15 optional course units in political science (POL) 15 Units
6 optional course units in political science (POL) at the 3000 or 4000 level6 Units
Total: 30 Units