Faculty of Public Affairs Opportunities

The Department of Political Science is part of Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs, a group of academic units that deal directly with matters of importance to government and civil society. FPA offers undergraduate students a number of interdisciplinary courses and valuable opportunities, including:

IPAF 1001 – Investigations in Public Affairs
An introductory course emphasizing the development of writing, research, and analytical skills through the concentrated investigation of selected topics in Public Affairs.

IPAF 3800 – Developing and Managing Your Career
This course supports students to develop and evidence a range of transferable employability skills, with the goal of providing them with a better sense of how they can use their degree to achieve their career and life goals.

IPAF 4800 – Selected Topics in Public Affairs: Professional Speechwriting
Pen, Podium, Persuasion & Power: The faculty offers this career-focused, interdisciplinary course which focuses on key elements of speechwriting, including research, structure, rhetoric, and storytelling.

IPAF 4900 – Research Mentorship
IPAF 4900 is a 0.5 credit course that enables you to learn about research by collaborating with a professor on his or her research project.

Carleton University Research Opportunity (CUROP)
The Faculty of Public Affairs sponsors summer undergraduate research internships, which enable students to work on a research project of their choosing in collaboration with a faculty member.

FPA Ambassadors, The Friendly Face of FPA

Made up entirely of volunteers, FPA Ambassadors represent the Faculty at our events and meet with prospective high school students—while enriching their own experiences at Carleton. Not only does FPA provide training and workshops for our ambassadors, you can also list this experience on your co-curricular record!

The Faculty is always looking for student volunteers, so if you are interested in joining the program, you can meet some of our Ambassadors and find out more about volunteering at the FPA Ambassadors website.

Lectures and Events Series

Throughout the year, the Faculty of Public Affairs holds a variety of lectures and events. These lectures present well-known or accomplished academics and professionals to the campus community and beyond to stimulate discussion and raise the profile of higher learning, Carleton University, and the Faculty of Public Affairs. Check out the Faculty Events pages to learn more about upcoming events.