Welcome to the Department of
Political Science at Carleton University
Due to the pandemic, the Department of Political Science continues to operate remotely. We are available during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. The best way to connect with us is by email to the appropriate administrative or faculty contact. For the most up-to-date campus information, please visit Carleton’s COVID-19 information website.
We are living in a time of tumultuous change in global and domestic affairs. The climate emergency, the pandemic, migration crises, wealth and poverty, sexism, racism, nuclear proliferation, and the return of great power competition are among the many urgent, complex and interconnected challenges we face.
Yet, these same events present opportunities to effect positive change. Our aim in Political Science at Carleton University is to contribute positively to society’s collective, public life in the local, national, and global spheres through our dedicated research and teaching.
The Department of Political Science offers programs in two undergraduate degrees — the BA and the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS – Global Politics). There are lots of great reasons why you should study here! You are welcome to contact Sarah Landry, our Undergraduate Program Administrator, with any questions you may have.
Where can a BA degree in Political Science take you?
Where can an MA degree in Political Science take you?
Internationally renowned and award-winning scholars
Our diverse team of internationally renowned and award-winning scholars and teachers actively investigate how the ideas, actors, events, and past institutions have shaped the present. Carleton political science graduates work in the local, provincial, and federal governments, political parties, the public service, academia, the diplomatic service, and global agencies.
Join us as we study the political forces shaping our times and learn how to navigate and create a more just, fair, equitable, and ecologically sustainable society in the future.
Students Past and Present Discuss Political Science at Carleton
Want to learn more about studying Political Science?
Hear what our professors have to say.
Interested in a BA?
Discover our BA program’s unique features, and why a degree in Political Science from Carleton University is an excellent choice. Let Professors Laura Macdonald, Jonathan Malloy, and Peter Andrée introduce you to some fields of study we offer.
Interested in a MA?
Our MA program offers unique opportunities, including co-op and the potential to earn a dual MA with the University of Lucerne, Switzerland.
Listen to Professor Brian Schmidt, Graduate Supervisor, in Political Science, as he provides a highlight of the MA program at Carleton.
Interested in a PhD?
Our PhD program enables you to build on your strengths and pursue a doctorate in political science at Carleton University.
Listen to Professor Brian Schmidt, Graduate Supervisor, as he introduces the PhD program at Carleton.
Friday, April 16, 2021
CPSA Statement Laurentian U – April 16 avril 2021 – Déclaration ACSP U Laurentienne
(La version française suit la présente version anglaise). CPSA Statement on Laurentian University It is with great concern that the Canadian...
(La version française suit la présente version anglaise). CPSA Statement on Laurentian University It is with great concern that the Canadian Political Science Association has learned that all seven tenured members of the Laurentian University Political Science Department have received termination notices and that their degree program has been...
Monday, March 22, 2021
In Memoriam: Lynn K. Mytelka
Lynn K. Mytelka, a pioneering scholar in international development, a longtime professor at universities in Canada and Europe, senior administrator of United Nations organizations, and frequent collaborator with scores of colleagues worldwide, died on...
Lynn K. Mytelka, a pioneering scholar in international development, a longtime professor at universities in Canada and Europe, senior administrator of United Nations organizations, and frequent collaborator with scores of colleagues worldwide, died on February 17 in Paris. She was 78. Her partner, Blanka Vavákova, said she had died of complications...
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Video Now Available: Racism’s Raw Materials – Presentation by Robert Vitalis
On January 28th, 2021, Robert Vitalis gave a talk on Racism's Raw Materials. He discussed how racism shapes debates on the geopolitics of oil,...
On January 28th, 2021, Robert Vitalis gave a talk on Racism's Raw Materials. He discussed how racism shapes debates on the geopolitics of oil, drawing on his new book Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security that Haunt U.S. Energy Policy. Robert Vitalis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and former...