The B.A. Political Science major is a valued liberal arts degree that will serve a variety of educational and professional needs in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Canada and globally.
As a discipline, Political Science is very much concerned with the study of power, authority, and governance in human affairs. In today's world, forms of power, authority, and governance are changing rapidly and becoming increasingly complex. Governance is no longer confined to the nation-state but involves a range of institutions — public, private, and non-governmental — involved in the process of governing and steering a society at the international, national, and sub-national levels.
Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the four-year BA.
A minimum of 39 credits in designated Political Science courses including a minimum of 30 senior (300/400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
Required core: 18 credits in the following designated political science major core courses:
•6 senior (300/400) level credits in political philosophy/theory, POLI 355 and POLI 357 (in development).
•3 senior (300/400) level credits in Canadian politics and government, POLI 309.
•3 senior (300/400) level credits in either international and global politics ( POLI 330) or comparative politics, POLI 342, or direct equivalent credit approved by Athabasca University