Political Science

 Calling all political junkies

Students pursuing political science degree reading outside at University of Waterloo.

From civil unrest in the Middle East to international trade negotiations, today’s political landscape is complex. Learn how to navigate (and shape) that terrain with a Political Science degree from Waterloo.

Investigate a wide range of topics, or dive deep with a specialization in Canadian Politics, Global Governance, International Relations, or Politics and Business.

Either way, you’ll hone your analytical, writing, critical thinking, and research skills in a mix of lectures, seminars, and workshops. You’ll also get an insiders’ perspective, studying with top scholars involved in current international policy debates. Gain an understanding of comparative politics, international relations, social sciences, and political theory. If you want to apply your teachings early, you can choose the co-op stream and get some work experience while going through your degree.

Graduate ready to make a difference. Now more than ever, the world needs savvy movers and shakers equipped to respond to current events.

Program highlights

  • Join a Poli Sci powerhouse. Explore power, global politics, and governance in a program ranked among the top 200 politics and international studies programs in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2021).
  • 90+ undergraduate courses. Sink your teeth into Chinese foreign policy, women and politics, global security, or dozens of other highly topical courses.

What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take two introductory Political Science courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing.

In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be in your major.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Political Science degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the areas of focus within the program.

  • Politics and Business
  • Global Governance
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • International Relations

You can also include minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for Political Science students include International Studies and Politics and Business.


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Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

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How to apply

Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Political Science as your major at the end of first year.

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