Academic Calendar 2024-2025

Political Studies – Major (Arts) – Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


Subject: Administered by the Department of Political Studies.
Plan: Consists of 60.00 units as described below.
Program: The Plan, alone, or in combination with a Minor in another subject, and with sufficient electives to total 120.00 units (114.00 units for students admitted prior to September 2017), will lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree.

Note: Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2023-2024 Calendar for the previous requirements.

1. Core
A. Complete the following:
POLS 111Power and Politics3.00
POLS 112Enduring Political Debates3.00
B. Complete the following:
POLS 250Political Theory: Foundations3.00
POLS 350Political Theory: History3.00
C. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Introduction to Statistics (formerly POLS 385/3.00*)
D. Complete the following:
POLS 284Introduction to Political Research (formerly POLS 384/3.00)3.00
2. Option
A. Complete 12.00 units from the following:12.00
POLS at the 400-level or above
B. Complete 12.00 units from the following:12.00
POLS at the 300-level or above
C. Complete 18.00 units from the following:18.00
POLS at the 200-level or above
Elective Courses60.00
Total Units120.00

3. Additional Requirements

A. Maximum of 12.00 units may be chosen from POLS_Subs. 

4. Notes

A. A maximum of 6.00 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan Requirements. This includes courses in BMED, COMM, GLPH, HSCI, LAW, NURS, and courses offered by Smith Engineering.

Political Studies Course List

The following list contains courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.6 (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


Political Studies Substitutions
ASCX 400Interdisciplinary Client-based Project3.00
BADR 2003.00
BADR 3003.00
BADR 3043.00
BADR 3053.00
BADR 3123.00
DEVS 230The Global Political Economy of Development3.00
DEVS 411Post-Placement Seminar in Development Studies3.00
LAW 201Introduction to Canadian Law3.00
LLCU 319Roots of Fascism: Resistance to Liberalism in the 19th Century3.00
LLCU 320Fascism in Europe3.00
PPEC 200Introduction to the Study of Politics, Philosophy and Economics3.00
QGSP 200Global Goals: An Introduction to the Sustainable Development3.00


Statistic Course Options
BIOL 243Introduction to Statistics3.00
CHEE 209Analysis of Process Data 13.50
COMM 162Managerial Statistics3.00
ECON 250Introduction to Statistics3.00
GPHY 247Introduction to Statistics3.00
KNPE 251Introduction to Statistics3.00
NURS 323Introduction to Statistics3.00
POLS 285Introduction to Statistics3.00
PSYC 202Statistics in Psychology3.00
SOCY 211Introduction to Statistics3.00
STAM 200Introduction to Statistics3.00
STAT 263Introduction to Statistics3.00

Note that the unit weighting system in Smith Engineering differs from that in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Therefore, upon acceptance of any course from Smith Engineering, the unit weighting towards Arts and Science degree requirements shall be at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Academic). Usually, a one-term course shall count as 3.00 units and a two-term course as 6.00 units.