Welcome to Carleton and your Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management degree program

First Year Course Selection Guide

Please read this degree guide prior to registering.

Your Degree Program

The Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management is offered as an Honours degree requiring 20.0 credits and normally four years of full-time study to complete. The curriculum combines breadth in the interdisciplinary study of public affairs through a selection of courses in economics, political science, law, history, and business, with a rigorous core of policy studies with coordinating courses exclusive to the degree. At the end of the first year of the program, students will choose one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Communication and Policy Studies (Communication Technologies and Regulation, Strategic Public Opinion)
  • Development Policy Studies (Rights and Human Development, Global Economic Relations)
  • International Policy Studies (International Relations and Conflict, Security and Intelligence)
  • Public Policy and Administration (Social Policy, Economic Policy, Environmental and Sustainable Energy Policy)

If you are arriving at Carleton with credits granted on admission from your previous university or college, or from Advanced Placement or an International Baccalaureate, you will need to choose your courses with the help of the faculty advisor for the B.PAPM. Contact the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs immediately upon admission and do not attempt to register until your courses have been approved.

Courses Required for the First Year

  • Introduction to Public Affairs and Policy Management PAPM 1001 [0.5]
  • Canadian Political Institutions PSCI 2003 (0.5)
  • Introduction to Economics: Microeconomics ECON 1001 [0.5]
  • Introduction to Economics: Macroeconomics ECON 1002 [0.5]
  • 0.5 credit Political Science Either PSCI 2002 [0.5] or PSCI 2101 [0.5] or PSCI 2102 [0.5]*
  • 0.5 credit from either INDG 1010 (0.5) or INDG 1011 (0.5)
  • 1.0  credit from:
    • History HIST 1002 [1.0]
    • HIST 1300 [1.0]
    • HIST 1707 [1.0]
    • HIST 2301 [0.5]
    • HIST 2311 [0.5]
  • 1.0 credit free elective**

** Students should consider completing FREN 1100 [1.0] as their free elective in their first year. Prior to graduation, students must satisfy a French language proficiency requirement by completing one of the following: successfully completing an approved French course (FREN 1100 [1.0]); or by demonstrating fluency in French; or by presenting a French immersion certificate from high school.

  • Students who lack the proficiency to take FREN 1100 [1.0] should first take FREN 1002 [1.0] followed by FREN 1100.
  • Note that the Specialization in International Policy Studies requires 2.0 credits of language.
  • BPAPM students are not required to register in a first-year seminar; however, if you are not taking a French credit this year, you may be eligible to register in a first-year seminar as an option course.
  • A language other than French may be considered for satisfying the program’s language requirement if it is relevant to your studies and the Program Director deems it acceptable

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