Department of Political Studies

DEPARTMENT OF

Political Studies

site header

Undergraduate Studies

Formally established in 1964 with roots dating back to 1887, the Department of Political Studies has one of the largest and most popular undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science with an average annual enrollment rate of 800 students in nearly 70 courses across four degree plans. Every year, 200 students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies after spending four years learning from a diverse group of faculty and teaching fellows who are leading experts in their respective fields. 

Undergraduate students in the Department of Political Studies learn to think critically about the distribution of power and resources, and how these ideological and physical distributions inform systems of governance, political behaviour, and public policies. Course topics across all years examine facets of political theory, national politics, and international politics.

Students who are interested in gaining work experience while completing their degree have the option of participating in Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP). QUIP is available to domestic and international students and offers 12-16 month paid internships to be undertaken after second or third year, provided the student returns to complete their remaining academic term after completing the internship.

Students who wish to go on exchange are encouraged to do so in third year, either to Queen's own Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in Britain, or to one of the university's 175 exchange partners across 45 countries. 

The Department is committed to providing an exceptional and well-rounded academic experience to undergraduate students, and our graduates have gone on to establish careers in a diverse array of fields: 

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Communications
  • Consumer Services
  • Corrections
  • Editing 
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental Management
  • Events & Festival Management
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Fundraising
  • Heritage
  • Conservation
  • Human Resources 
  • International Development
  • International Trade
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Public Policy
  • Administration & Service
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Social Work
  • Tourism & Travel
  • Volunteerism