Political Science

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. 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.

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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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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).

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Sink your teeth into Chinese foreign policy, women and politics, global security, or dozens of other highly topical courses.