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FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts & Science

Intake: 

Fall & Spring

Campus: 

Lethbridge

Program Description

Political Science is the systematic study of government, politics and political behaviour. It studies how a society governs itself at all levels and various ideas about how it should be governed in the future.

As a political science student you will study how political conflict is organized and resolved in the “real world.” You will look at how rulers are chosen, governmental decisions are taken and how decision-making processes are
organized. You’ll learn how governments design and implement their laws and policies in Canada and abroad.

You will also consider how political leaders understand their obligations towards one another and how decisions are shaped by different views of “what’s right,” “what works” and “what’s possible” in different circumstances.

The Department of Political Science offers four sub-fields of study and encourages you to choose a variety of courses from each area to ensure you gain a broad view of the discipline. These are: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Pursue a second passion by adding a minor to your degree. 

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative educationinternational exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Skills acquired | Studying political science teaches you how to think critically and analytically. In this program, you will develop the skills needed to be able to look at real world social, economic and political problems using political science principles. You will also develop your written and oral communication skills, as well as strong information acquisition and management skills — all highly valued in any business, industry or government department.

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"In my own experience professors have had a profound impact on my education. Coming into university I was not entirely sure what I wanted to study or what I wanted to do with my life. I eventually landed in political science because of the level of dedication the professors within the department showed towards their students. I never once encountered a professor within the department who was unable or unwilling to answer any questions or concerns I may have had; they truly are an amazing group of individuals who want their students to succeed." Ben, BA (Co-op) '14 | Update: Ben now works for Community Futures Chinook in the role of Community Economic Development.


Possible Careers

Related Fields. There are numerous career options open to political science graduates, like:

  • Public Service Employment
  • Foreign Service
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Elected Office
  • Public Affairs & Relations
  • Lobbyist
  • Voting Research
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Advising
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Legal Investigator
  • Public Relations
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Public Affairs Reporter

Professional Disciplines & Graduate Studies. Your undergraduate degree in Political Science also provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies, law, journalism, business management and education. The University of Lethbridge School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs, at the Master and Doctoral levels, spanning over 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

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Sample Classes:

  • Public Administration
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • History of Political Thought
  • Canadian Political Behaviour
  • Canadian Federalism
  • Politics of Canadian Trade Policy
  • Religion & Politics
  • American Politics & Government
  • International Relations
  • Religion & Politics
  • Comparative Politics & Government
  • Canadian Public or Foreign Policy
  • Administration of Justice
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Women & the Law
  • Local Government & Politics
  • Developing Nations
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