Where better to study power and politics than the nation’s capital? Our location in Ottawa provides you with numerous chances to see politics not only nationally but internationally. You will examine such topics of study as international relations, gender and politics, parties and elections, democratization, and the political impact of global social change. You will develop skills in political analysis, learn a variety of research methods, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of citizenship in a globalized world.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

With a degree from the Department of Political Science, you can focus on one of several areas of study: Canadian Politics; Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global North or South); Gender and Politics; International Relations; North American Politics; Political Theory; and Public Affairs and Policy Analysis.

International or local exchanges are an exciting possibility during your third year, and you may also choose to undertake an internship of your choosing, with permission of the undergraduate supervisor.  In fourth year, an internship with the Washington Center is an option for consideration.

Bachelor of Global and International Studies Specialization: Global Politics

The specialization in Global Politics falls under the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS), which is a multidisciplinary degree program with international experience and foreign language requirements.

In the Global Politics specialization, students will gain an understanding of global political issues through a problem-focused approach. Topics for study may include the political implications of social inequality, the challenges of building democracies, war and peace, interethnic relations, and the politics of the environment.

More About the Bachelor of Arts

At Carleton, you can structure your BA according to what you want to achieve. You can pursue an intensive four-year Honours degree or a three-year General program. You can choose a minor subject to complement your major subject and you can, in certain cases, pursue a concentration or a specialization—a set of courses in your major directed toward an area of expertise. If you are interested in two fields of study, you may be able to pursue them in a combined program.

Carleton’s Capital Advantage

Carleton’s location in Canada’s capital city places you in the heart of the country’s political process, providing unparalleled resources both in personnel and research materials. Our Political Science program is further enriched by the university’s strong links with federal government departments, major political parties, the national press corps, foreign embassies and a multitude of non-profit organizations headquartered in Ottawa. You will also have the opportunity to see government and politics in action as Carleton is only seven kilometres away from Parliament Hill.

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Where can a degree in Political Science take you?*

The graph under “All Records” shows outcomes from all Political Science alumni we followed. For a focus on more recent alumni, see the graph under “Since 2005.”

Examples of Alumni Job Titles (all records)

Assistant Deputy Minister:
-federal government
Chief of Staff:
-federal government
Communications Officer
-federal government
-health agency
-insurance industry
-municipal government
-non-profit sector
-private sector
-provincial government
-trade association
Director General:
-federal government
Elected Official/Member
of Parliament

-health agency
-insurance industry
-non-profit sector
-private sector
-trade association
Financial Professional
Information Specialist
Intelligence Officer
IT Professional
Journalist/Media Official
Military Professional
Police Officer
Policy Analyst:
-federal government
-provincial government
Political Campaign

Program/Project Officer:
-federal government
School Principal
Senior Trade

Social Worker
Technical Analyst
University Professor
Web Developer

Alumni Experiences

Chris Rougier

Thomas Homer-Dixon

Rumya Nithiananthan

Gillian Barth

Alexandra Bugailiskis

Anca Gurzu

Timothy Lane

Laurie LeBlanc

Scott Reid

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*The information represented in these displays is drawn from databases maintained by Carleton’s Alumni Services. Some degree names have changed over time; current degree names are used here. The information was voluntarily provided by some of our graduates and does not represent a scientific sample of all graduates. Some students in this sample will have also completed other degrees, including at more advanced levels. Individual experiences and outcomes can differ from those represented here.

Program Information

  • Required Courses: English (ENG4U)
  • Cut off Range: 75-77%
  • Co-op Option: yes

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