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Certificate in Practical Politics

We are pleased to introduce students to our Certificate in Practical Politics, which our Political Science or North American Studies majors can complete alongside their academic course of study. To obtain the certificate, which will appear on your co-curricular record, you will complete a series of four (out of a possible six) “Practical Politics” skills-building workshops over the course of the academic year 2016-2017. These workshops will focus on skills-development in several areas that are of direct relevance for the job market.

All workshops are being coordinated by our current practitioner-in-residence for the Department of Political Science, John Milloy (former Ontario cabinet minister and legislative assistant to Prime Minister Chretien), and involve additional guest practitioners.

You may also receive credit for individual workshops on your co-curricular record, if you do not wish to pursue the full certificate program.

For 2016-17, we will be offering workshops in:

  • Preparing for a Career in the Public Life/Public Service
  • Evidence-Based Policy-Making vs Politics
  • Advocacy Strategies and Government Relations
  • Media Relations
  • Crisis Management
  • Understanding Legal Constraints in the Public Sector

Career Options for Political Science Majors

Laurier's Career Centre has compiled a great deal of information on the types of skills a Political Science major will acquire, as well as an extensive list of career opportunities well suited to those who have completed a BA in Political Science.

Contact Us:

E: Political Science
T: 519.884.0710 x3374
Office Location: DAWB 4-120

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Graduate Officer

E: Yasmine Shamsie

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

E: Andrea Brown

Office Hours:

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