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Professor Jonathan Malloy
Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy
Professor Malloy talks about Carleton’s superb vantage point for studying Canadian Politics
Professor Laura Macdonald
Professor Macdonald introduces our unique program in North American politics and the hands-on learning experiences Carleton offers.
Professor Peter Andrée
Professor Andrée describes the expertise and many opportunities we offer students interested in environmental policy and politics.
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 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.
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.
In all our BA programs, students can pursue a concentration in a specialized area of study. A concentration will provide you with a road map that helps you select courses that focus on your selected area, and it will be formally recognized on your diploma when you graduate. We offer a concentration in the following fields:
Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global North)
Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global South)
Gender and Politics
North American Politics
Public Affairs and Policy Analysis
More information can be found here about Choosing a Concentration
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.
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.