Our location in Ottawa provides you with numerous chances to see politics in action. You will be taught by faculty who have played active roles in national and international associations, been major contributors to political science research, and are consultants for governments and non-governmental organizations. You will examine such topics of study as conflict and conflict resolution; international relations and the creation of foreign policy; the culture and ideas of politics; globalization and development; and the institutional interplay of politicians and bureaucrats in policy making and management.
You can focus on one of seven areas of study: Canadian Politics; Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global North) or Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global South); Gender and Politics; International Relations; North American Politics; Political Theory; and Public Affairs and Policy Analysis.
International exchanges are an exciting possibility during your third year. In fourth year, a Canadian/British Parliamentary internship or an internship with the Washington Center is an option for consideration.
Honours, Combined Honours and General programs are offered. A co-op option, a minor and a Mention : Français are also available.
What students are saying about our Political Science program:
Being able to live and learn in the Canadian political hub of Ottawa was a great experience. Not only was I able to learn in the classroom from some of the best professors in the country, but I was able to gain practical experience working in the political field, through a number of different opportunities available on Parliament Hill. Carleton also helped ensure that completion of my degree became a reality, through its generous scholarship and bursary program. Carleton was everything I hoped it would be, and more.