Political science is the systematic study of government, politics and political behaviour. It looks at how political conflict is organized and resolved, how rulers are chosen, how governmental decisions are taken and what policies and laws are determined and implemented. This can be done looking at Canada as a whole, to our provincial and local governments, to other countries and the relations among countries. It also considers how political actors understand their obligations towards one another and the degree to which decisions are ethically determined or out of convenience.
As a political science major, you will study the principles, organizations, and administration of government. The major includes both management and political science courses. The political science major offers flexibility to choose courses that fit your personal and career interests. In addition to the required courses, political science majors can choose six political science and three management electives.
You can also choose a minor to enhance your knowledge in a secondary line of study. Many minors complement political science well such as accounting, family and small business management, marketing, indigenous business management; indigenous governance; international management. Learn more about our available minors.
Why take political science at the Dhillon School of Business
As a political science major in the Dhillon School of business, you’ll get to better understand political conflict, governance and political leadership while also learning about organizational processes and decision making. By completing this major you will be well suited to work in various levels of government, international relations, public policy and governmental relations within organizations.
Many of our students also enrol in co-operative education while at the Dhillon School of Business. Co-op allows you to get paid work experience before you graduate and can even help you land a job immediately after graduation.
Employment stats for a career in political science*
Job postings in the last 12 months
- Canada: 1,680
- Alberta: 252
- Canada (0-5 years of experience): $78,100
- Canada (6+ years of experience): $97,500
- Alberta (0-5 years of experience): $127,000
- Alberta (6+ years of experience): N/A
Top employers hiring
- Government of B.C.
- Government of Alberta
- Civicinfo B.C.
- Government of Saskatchewan
- City of Calgary
- Government of Alberta
- Ballard Consulting Group
- Alberta Health Services
* Employment data provided by Lightcast 2022.
The advantages of being a Dhillon School of Business student
You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply the theories you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations as well as programs to help you connect with our student community. As a Dhillon student, you'll have access to these experiential programs and more:
Visit our Dhillon School of Business website to learn more about student experience opportunities.
Education that’s personal
Our students say they chose the Dhillon School of Business because of the smaller class sizes and more personal and supportive approach to teaching. Here you’ll get many opportunities to connect and interact with your professors and peers to set you up for success.
Flexible study options
Whether you’re a traditional student interested in our Lethbridge campus with full-time classes during the day or a working professional interested in the Calgary Campus’s evening and weekend classes, we have a flexible study option for you.
Internationally recognized for quality
As an AACSB accredited business school, the Dhillon School of Business have met very rigorous quality standards proven to provide you with the best in business education worldwide. You can trust that your education here will give you a distinct advantage in the real world including more competitive salaries, more employers interested in you after graduation and more. See all our professional accreditations and designations.