Explore Complex Global Challenges in Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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A Strong Reputation for Learning and Support

Carleton’s Department of Political Science is among the largest and most respected programs in Canada. Our department is large enough to provide a wide range of courses, but small enough for individual students to find a supportive community of scholars.

We have a diverse faculty of internationally renowned scholars, authors, experts, and public commentators to guide you on your path, including award-winning researchers and teachers, visiting scholars, guest speakers, and practitioners.

Our Approach

Our ‘back to basics’ approach prepares students to become citizens of the world and for careers anywhere around the globe.

You’ll explore new ideas to address the many complex issues facing Canada and the world, such as climate change, migration, nationalism and populism, globalization, wealth and poverty, human rights and liberty, parliamentary governance and democracy.

You’ll hone research, writing, and communication skills that are essential for almost any career path you choose to pursue.

Our Capital Advantage

Where better to study them than right here in Ottawa, the nation’s capital?

Our location provides you with study resources and opportunities unavailable elsewhere. Carleton capitalizes on links with Parliament, government departments and agencies, embassies, and non-governmental organizations.

Undergraduate Program

Our program gives students lots of choice in courses and programs of study.  Please refer to our Programs page for full details.

  • First-Year Seminars
    Our First Year Seminars offer small classes that give students the opportunity to discuss and research specific issues in a more intensive way, such as Feminism in Contemporary Politics, or Power, Liberty and Public Policy. Instructors who teach FYSM incorporate their own research into the course material, and mentor students as they make the transition to university.
  • First and Second-year courses
    Our first- and second-year courses give students the full scope of political science: world politics, Canadian politics, comparative politics, political theory, and public policy.
  • Third and Fourth-year courses
    Smaller third- and fourth-year courses and seminars focus on concentrations and delve more deeply into a range of topics such as… global environmental politics, China, the EU, global finance, law, foreign policy, forced migration, and Canadian Charter rights.
  • Interdisciplinary courses
    Students can also take interdisciplinary courses offered by the Faculty of Public Affairs in specialized topic areas that vary from year to year, such as Professional Speechwriting which was offered in 2019-2020.

Real-World Experiences

Carleton Political Science students have exciting experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom — to meet, learn, and work with experts and experienced practitioners in a wide range of settings.

  • Co-op Program:
    Get hands-on paid work experience and access to an unparalleled network of employers in Canada’s National Capital Region and around the country.
  • Political Science Internships:
    With our internship opportunities, put your academic work into practice, learn new skills, and earn a credit, all while completing your degree.
  • International Internships:
    Gain international experience, hone your second language, and meet people from around the world, all while earning course credits toward your degree, including in Washington D.C.
  • International Exchange:
    Go on an international exchange for a term — study full-time and earn credits toward your Carleton degree at one of over 175 partner institutions around the world.
  • Research Internships and Mentorships:
    And, if you are keen on doing research, the Faculty of Public Affairs also offers opportunities for senior Political Science students to earn credits and gain practical research experience in the summer.

Hear from Our Students, Alumni, and Faculty

Meet some of our current students and recent graduates, hear about their experiences and why they chose to study Political Science at Carleton. Learn more about some of our programs from our Faculty. Let us introduce you to some of our distinguished alumni!

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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