Degree options, minors and specializations

Customize your degree based on your interests!

Complete Appropriate program-level requirements:

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is awarded by the University of Waterloo upon successful completion of all program-level (BA degree) and plan-level (major) requirements.

Declare your major:

Available Minors:

The Political Science minor is offered to those not majoring in Political Science.

Specializations available for Political Science Students:
Students majoring in Political Science are eligible to declare specializations in one of the four areas below:

  • Canadian Politics
  • Politics and Business
  • Global Governance
  • International Relations

Please note:
Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we will be unable to offer these experiential learning pathways except for the co-op pathway in Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021.  Students who are graduating in Spring or Fall 2021 will not be required to meet the experiential pathway requirement, and will be granted an exemption. All students still require 16 PSCI courses (including a political theory or research methods course) and two 400 level seminar courses, in order to complete the major. To secure the exemption complete a petition to academic regulations https://uwaterloo.ca/forms/undergraduate-studies/petition-exception-academic-regulations

Political Science students entering the program in or after Fall 2020 will not complete PSCI 299 as part of their plan requirements. Students who started their plans with earlier effective dates, or who have not yet completed PSCI 299, will be granted an exemption for PSCI 299. All students still require 16 PSCI courses and all other plan requirements in order to complete the major.