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Program Requirements

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General

Admission to the Political Studies 
Students who wish to pursue a Major, Medial, or Minor plan in politics must be accepted by the Department after first year.  Information about what it takes to be accepted is available here; information about other plans is available on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage.  

Further information on POLS plans is available in the  Arts and Science Calendar  under "degree plans." 

 

Credit for Courses in Other Subjects
Courses from the following list of "substitutions" may be counted towards a POLS plan, up to a limit of 12 units (for the Major) and 6 units (for the Medial and Minor): 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 201/6.0.  

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Studying Abroad

Third Year Abroad 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 Calendar  under "courses of instruction."

Third Year Abroad at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC)
Political Studies students who wish to spend one or two terms at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in Britain should consult with the Department.  Courses taken at the Castle count as regular Queen's courses, not as transfer units.

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Plans

Minor (POLS – Y) Plan (Consists of 30.0 units as described below and 60.0 elective credits to total 90.0)

Political Studies – POLS

  1. POLS 110
  2. 24.0 additional units in politics at the 200 level
Major (POLS-M-BAH) Plan (Consists of 60 units as described below and 54.0 elective units to total 114.0)

Political Studies – POLS

A POLS-M-BAH plan in Political Studies consists of:

  1. POLS 110
  2. POLS250
  3. POLS384 and POLS385
  4. 12.0 other units in politics at the 300 level 
  5. 12.0 units in politics at the 400 level or above
  6. 18.0 other units in politics at the 200 level

NOTE: It is recommended that these units be taken in the following sequence:

  • YEAR 1 – POLS110  
  • YEAR 2 – POLS 250, and 15.0 other 200 level POLS units  
  • YEAR 3 – POLS384 and POLS385 and 3.0 POLS units at the 200 level and 6.0 POLS units at the 300 level  
  • YEAR 4 – 6.0 300 level POLS units; 12.0 400-level POLS units (no more than 12.0 units at the 400 level)
  • Students who plan to go on exchange in third year may want to consider taking POLS384 or POLS385 in second year

Medial (POLS – [----] – A) Plan (Consists of 42.0 units in each of two plans, one of which must be in the humanities, social sciences or languages. 6.0 or 12.0 supporting units may also be required and 18.0 or 24.0 elective units to total 114.0) 

Political Studies – POLS

A (POLS – [----] – A) plan in Political Studies consists of:

  1. POLS110
  2. POLS250
  3. POLS384 and POLS385
  4. 6.0 other units in politics at the 300 level 
  5. 6.0 units in politics at the 400 level or above
  6. 12.0 other units in politics at the 200 level

NOTE: It is recommended that these units be taken in the following sequence:

  • YEAR 1 – POLS110
  • YEAR 2 – POLS 250, and 12.0 other 200 level POLS units
  • YEAR 3 – POLS384 and POLS385 and 3.0 POLS units at the 300 level  
  • YEAR 4 – 3.0 300 level POLS units; 6.0 400-level POLS units (no more than 6.0 units at the 400 level)
  • Students who plan to go on exchange in third year may want to consider taking POLS384 or POLS385 in second year

 

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