Courses for your Political Science degree

First-year courses and beyond*

September to December

  • PSCI 100 – Power, Politics, and Policy: An Introduction
  • Arts First requirement 1**
  • Three additional courses

January to April

  • PSCI 150 – Introduction to Global Politics
  • Arts First requirement 2**
  • Three additional courses

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Political Science courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Sample upper-year courses

PSCI 281 – World Politics
PSCI 369 – The Politics of Decolonization
PSCI 387 – Globalization
PSCI 488 – Global Food and Agricultural Politics

*This is a sample schedule. Courses are subject to change depending on availability each term.
**The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 – Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 – Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact Jackie Jones our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps