Political Science

Calling all political junkies

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

From civil unrest to global 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 International Relations. 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.

Program highlights

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.


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.

Courses you'll take for your Political Science degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including an International Relations specialization within the program.

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

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)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

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