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.

Students Past and Present Discuss Political Science at Carleton

What Can I Expect?


Osman Elmi, 5th year
Political Science Student and Vice President of Student Life at CUSA.


Justine Scobie, 4th year
Political Science Honours Student


Keenan Reynolds, 2nd year,
Political Science, BA Honours Student

Why Study Political Science at Carleton?

Our Department is among the largest and most respected Political Science departments in Canada. We offer 3-year and 4-year degrees, eight different concentrations, and hands-on experience through internships, exchange opportunities, and our co-op program. Our faculty bring a wide range of expertise and practical knowledge from national and global arenas into their classrooms, so you can customize your program based on your interests.

Learn More About our Undergraduate Program

Want to learn more about studying Political Science?
Hear what our professors have to say.


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.

What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Graduates of our program have gone on to varied careers in politics, public service, think tanks, media and communications, as well as the private sector. There are many Career Paths you can explore with a degree in Political Science!

Some of our top graduates go on to further studies at the graduate level in Political Science, and other disciplines such as International Affairs, Public Administration, and Urban Planning, as well as in professional degree programs such as law and education.

Julia Parsons,
BA (Hons) Political Science,
Class of 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.”

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!

Additional Resources

Political Science Undergraduate Programs Brochure (PDF)
Undergraduate Admissions Office
Costs and Scholarships
Fee Estimator
Undergraduate Calendar
Carleton University’s Coronavirus Information