Department of Political Studies


Political Studies

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  • Queen's Model Parliament

    Queen's Model Parliament

  • Group Discussion

    Group Discussion

  • Students at Model Parliament

    Queen's Model Parliament

  • Field Research (Ghana)

    Field Research (credit AGrant)

  • Election Posters

    Elections Research (credit: AGrant; KDesouki/AFP; NKAmm/AFP)

Welcome to the Department of Political Studies

Politics is about power – who has it and how it is exercised by nation-states, individuals, groups, classes, or political parties, and how different interests are reconciled in and between communities. Political science is also concerned with institutions created to govern communities, as well as practices such as voting habits or protests, and how rules, behaviour and culture are created in societies. And since power in society is often dependent upon material resources, political scientists study the distribution of wealth, both within and between nations. 

As one of Canada’s premier departments of political science, we are committed to both research and teaching. Our faculty are actively engaged in a wide range of research activities and projects, and highly visible in the discipline of political science both in Canada and abroad.

And we are no less committed to our students. We offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in politics. Our undergraduate program, one of the most popular programs at Queen’s, provides students with a solid grounding in political science. At the graduate level, we offer the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.