Real and ideal: engagement for changing the world

Anna Esselment portrait.

Why UWaterloo for Political Science? 

Our department is large enough to have a high level of research prestige with a number of faculty members being named to the Royal Society of Canada, winning prestigious awards and fellowships such as the Trudeau Fellowship, and garnering numerous research grants and awards. In QS World Rankings of Departments of Politics, no comparably-sized political science department in Canada ranks higher.

At the same time, our department is small enough to ensure that our students have close contact with their professors. Teaching and learning is at the core of what we do. With more than four out of five of all undergraduate courses and all regular-term first-year courses taught by full-time faculty members (including senior faculty members), students can develop long-term learning relationships with their professors as they proceed through their chosen program from introductory to senior-level courses. 

Our department also provides exciting opportunities for hands-on experience.  As one of three experiential learning pathways, our ‘engagement pathway’ gives students exciting opportunities to fulfil program requirements and course credits through participation in international exchanges, international field courses, directed research assistantships, and undertaking voluntary community placements, among other things. Our students are encouraged to make connections between theory and practice, to hone important skills, and to develop critical insights. Given this focus, perhaps it not surprising that our alumni from the private, public and non-profit sector have won the Faculty of Arts Young Alumni Award in five of the past six years!

Take a closer look...we think you will like what you see!

Dr. Anna Esselment, Chair
Department of Political Science