Why Study Political Science at Carleton?

The world we live in more complicated than ever. The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered perceptions of government and society. A rapidly changing climate and unprecedented levels of global migration pose challenges and opportunities affecting almost every nation around the world. Political institutions and leadership are being transformed by populism, nationalism, and protectionism.

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 them than right here in Ottawa, the Nation’s capital? Our Capital Advantage provides you with unique study resources and exciting opportunities that are unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Carleton has a wealth of connections with Parliament, federal and municipal government departments and agencies, as well as embassies and organizations from around the world.

What Can I Expect?

Our Department is among the largest and most respected Political Science department 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.

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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.

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 Program Info Sheet (PDF)
Undergraduate Admissions Office
Costs and Scholarships
Fee Estimator
Undergraduate Calendar
Carleton University’s Coronavirus Information