What are your interests?

Studying Political Science as part of the BA degree provides students with a great deal of flexibility, allowing students to pursue their interests as they see fit following their first year of study.  As a department that provides comprehensive course offerings that cover the entirety of the discipline, students have the option of navigating through any and all of our diverse subfields or focus more closely on a select field of study through our concentrations. Moreover, students can also choose to pair a major in Political Science with a myriad of other disciplines in the Social Sciences by selecting a double major or a minor. The program is designed to allow for flexibility, and tailored to meet your interests.

We offer the following undergraduate programs in political science:

BA Honours

In this four-year program, students study and debate politics in Canada and abroad, international relations, as well as political theory and methodology. In addition to introductory courses, specialized seminars with limited enrolment allow students to focus on particular topics or issues, such as electoral trends, new forms of political activism, or international conflicts. Students have the option of completing an Honours Research Essay in their final year.

BA Honours program requirements
More information on Honours Research Essay option

BA Combined Honours

This four-year program allows students to combine the BA Honours Program with another discipline, such as Law, Economics, or English. Students will study the same aspects of political science as those in the BA Honours, but they will become experts in two disciplines, rather than one.

BA Combined Honours program requirements


This three-year program provides foundational knowledge of politics in Canada and internationally, as well as in political theory or methodology. The program teaches you to probe a variety of sources for information, to make critical assessments of your findings, and to present them orally or in writing. Note that this program is not normally sufficient to continue to a graduate degree.

BA program requirements

BA Concentrations

In all of the BA degrees listed above, students can pursue a concentration in one of the following fields of study:

Canadian Politics
Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global North)
Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global South)
Gender and Politics
International Relations
North American Politics
Political Theory
Public Affairs and Policy Analysis

This means that you can graduate from Carleton University with, for example, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science with a Concentration in International Relations.

Concentration requirements

BGINS – Global Politics

The Department of Political Science is one of the participating departments in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGINS), where it sponsors the specialization in Global Politics. The BGINS program allows students to pursue interdisciplinary studies related to international affairs and globalization. The Global Politics specialization allows students to focus their studies on courses in international politics, while students enrolled in other specializations may take Political Science courses as electives.

BGINS Program information

Minor in Political Science

Students registered in other degree programs at Carleton may register for the Minor in Political Science. The Minor includes an introduction to political science as well as selected political science courses in your area of interest.

Minor program requirements