Explore New Ideas for a Changing World

The world we live in is more complicated than ever. The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered perceptions of government and society. A rapidly changing climate and unprecedented global migration levels pose challenges and opportunities affecting almost every nation worldwide. Populism, nationalism, and protectionisms are transforming Political institutions and leadership.

Studying political science with us at Carleton can help you make sense of these big transformations that will define your life and our world.

And, where better to study Political Science than right here in the nation’s capital, Ottawa? Our Capital Advantage provides you with unique learning resources and exciting opportunities that are unparalleled anywhere else in the country. A wealth of connections are at your fingertips; federal, provincial, and municipal government departments and agencies. Ottawa is home to many embassies, consulates and organizations. Carleton University is your connection to the world.

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Why Carleton?

Shireen Faisal, 4th year
Political Science Honours Student (Concentration in International Relations)

“One of the great things about studying in Ottawa, and at Carleton in particular, is that you are studying … at the front door of Parliament.”

What Can I Expect?

Justine Scobie
BA (Hons) Political Science (2020)

“The classes you take, the relationships with the professors, the relationships with your classmates, offers a holistic experience that makes you really want to apply yourself in the world and apply yourself in politics.”

What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Julia Parsons
BA (Hons) Political Science (2018)

“Being so close to Parliament and to the center of decision-making in our country opens a world of opportunities for internships and volunteer positions.”

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How Do I Apply?

For more information about the application and admissions process at Carleton, including admission criteria, dates and deadlines, visit Undergraduate Admissions. Be sure to sign up for Carleton360 so you can book a virtual campus tour and participate in our open-house events!

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Additional Resources

Political Science Undergraduate Programs Brochure (PDF)
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