Department of Political Studies

DEPARTMENT OF

Political Studies

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Frequently Asked Questions by Political Studies Undergrads:


How do i declare my major after first year?

What do I do if I am placed on a pending list for the Politics Major?

What do I do if I don't get the Politics Major?

What is the new Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Specialization Program (PPEC)?

Where can I find the POLS undergraduate courses offered in 2017-18?

What courses can count as POLS course substitutions?

Is POLS 385: Introduction to Statistics required?

What if I take an "exclusion" to POLS 385?

Where can I find more information on the POLS 590 Thesis?

Which faculty are willing to supervise the POLS 590 thesis and in what research area?

I'm about to go on exchange. Do you have any tips?

If I have to miss an exam, what arrangements do I make?


How do I declare my major after first year?

For instructions on how to declare a plan after first year, please visit Arts & Science: Going Into Second Year. Consider where your GPA after first year falls within Cumulative GPA Requirements, (PDF, 96KB) to be accepted into a Politics degree program.

 

What do I do if I am placed on a pending list for the Politics Major?

Have an alternate program ready and wait for the end of Program Selection after May 27th when decisions will be made on the pending list.

Follow the Program Selection Flow Chart (PDF, 170KB) to make the right decision for you. 

 

What do I do if I don't get the Politics Major?

Select your alternate program. Wait another year and take POLS 200 level courses to raise your GPA and re-apply the following year as an upper-year student during the change-of-plan period in May.

 

What is the new Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Specialization Program (PPEC)?

The Bachelor of Arts Honours (BAH) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics is an interdisciplinary program specialization including an introductory course and a capstone research project. This new, undergraduate program combines Economics, Philosophy and Politics in ways designed to prepare students for a wide range of professional career paths. Students completing the program will be ready to enter graduate studies in their area of specialization, law, public service, international development, policy design and analysis, or any other career that calls for strong analytical and communication skills. The program is structured as an augmented medial (much like a triple-major), without sacrificing advanced skills in each student's area of specialization. With over 50 courses to choose from to complete the program, students will have flexibility in their degree to create a path that works for them, yet with a focus that will stand out in the marketplace.

Visit the PPEC Website

Go to the PPEC Program Major Map, (PDF, 705KB)

 

 

Where can I find the POLS undergraduate courses offered in 2017-18?

You can find the list of all our courses here:  

 

What courses can count as POLS course substitutions?

The following list contains courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the Open Enrolment period, and then only if space permits: 

  • DEVS 230/3.0

  • GPHY 363/3.0

  • IDIS 304/3.0

  • IDIS 305/3.0

  • INTS 300/3.0

  • INTS 301/3.0

  • INTS 303/3.0

  • INTS 312/3.0

  • INTS 313/3.0

  • INTS 320/3.0

  • LAW 201/3.0

  • LLCU 319/3.0

  • LLCU 320/3.0

Is POLS 385: Introduction to Statistics required?

Yes, POLS 385 is required for your degree if you are a Major or Medial in Political Studies. POLS 385 will be offered in conjunction with GPHY247 in the Winter Term 2018. The course will still include explicit links to political studies. 

 

What if I take an "exclusion" to POLS 385?

The exclusions to POLS385 are listed in the Arts and Science calendar and they are as follows:

  • BIOL 243/3.0

  • CHEE 209/3.0

  • COMM 162/3.0

  • ECON 250/3.0

  • GPHY 247/3.0

  • KNPE 251/3.0 (formerly PHED 251/3.0)

  • NURS 323/3.0

  • POLS 385/3.0

  • PSYC 202/3.0

  • SOCY 211/3.0

  • STAT 263/3.0

  • STAT 267/3.0

  • STAT 367/3.0

All of the courses in the list above exclude each other; therefore, students are only allowed to complete a maximum of 3.0 units from the list above.  If you have taken one of the statistics courses listed above and wish to use it in place of POLS385 then you must complete an additional 3.0 unit POLS course at the 300 level.

 

This information is found in the Arts & Science Academic Calendar.

 

Where can I find more information on the POLS 590 Thesis?

POLS590 Honours Thesis - Questions & Answer (PDF, 43.8KB)

To access the pre-requisite requirements and application form, please click here.

 

Which faculty are willing to supervise the POLS 590 thesis and in what research area?

Faculty & Area of Research List: POLS 590 (PDF, 78KB) 

 

I'm about to go on exchange. Do you have any tips?

Political Studies students are encouraged to consider taking part in an exchange program in their third year. Courses taken on exchange count as units toward the degree plan, but appear on the transcript as transfer units ("TR") and do not affect GPA. Students considering a third year abroad must ensure they will meet the prerequisite for taking 400-level courses. If a student has been on exchange POLS384 may be taken in year four. Further information on prerequisites is available in the Arts and Science Academic Calendar under "courses of instruction."

 

If I have to miss an exam, what arrangements do I make?

You should contact the instructor of your course as soon as possible if you have to miss an exam for any reason.  This needs to be done before the exam. Once a student has written an exam or submitted an assignment, they may not subsequently be granted accommodation such as being offered a second opportunity to write the exam or assignment or have it count for less than originally specified in the course syllabus (reweighted). Students who cannot perform to the best of their abilities due a serious, extenuating circumstance must inform their instructor before attempting an exam or completing a course to arrange appropriate accommodation. Appeals to change a grade after the fact must be made to the Associate Dean (Studies) at the Faculty of Arts and Science and will only be supported by the department in exceptional circumstances. 

 


If you have additional questions, please contact Undergraduate Assistant Cynthia Macintosh at ugpols@queensu.ca