Calling all political junkies
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.
Graduate ready to make a difference. Now more than ever, the world needs savvy movers and shakers equipped to respond to current events.
- Get serious work experience. Explore potential careers while earning your degree. Choose the co-op system and graduate with 20 months of paid experience.
- 90+ undergraduate courses. Sink your teeth into Chinese foreign policy, women and politics, global security, or dozens of other highly topical courses.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
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.
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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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Junior policy analyst
- Public affairs coordinator
- Information technology communications coordinator
- Economic analyst
- Junior business systems analyst
- Talent acquisition assistant
- Research analyst
What can you do with a degree in Political Science?
Graduates frequently pursue careers in policy and risk analysis, public service, research, marketing, and public relations. They often work in financial institutions, non-profit organizations, law firms, and all levels of government.
- Lawyer - Legal Aid Ontario
- Executive Director - Ontario Human Rights Commission
- Trade Policy Officer – Government of Alberta
- Research Analyst – Legislative Assembly of Ontario
- Project Control Officer – Loblaw Companies
- Legal Counsel – MADD Canada
- Investment Auditor – CIBC
Hear from some recent graduates
Ola Idris (BA '22) looks back on her time as a Political Science student and shares what she learned along the way. Learn about what it's like to be a Political Science graduate.
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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