Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.
You may choose any set of requirements that were in effect during the time you have been a student at Laurier, provided there has not been a lapse of 18 months or greater in your studies.
You may find our course planning worksheet to be of assistance.
Honours BA in Political Science
The Honours BA in Political Science program consists of 20.0 credits, of which at least 14.0 must be at the senior level. The program must contain at least 11.0 credits but no more than 13.0 credits in Political Science, including:
- PO101, PO102, PO217, PO218, PO280, PO281, or approved equivalents.
- 1.0 field requirement credit from: PO220 and PO221, PO231 and PO232, or PO263 and PO264.
- 1.0 Canadian credit from: PO263, PO264, PO312, PO313, PO315/NO315, PO316, PO345, PO347, PO360, PO370, PO371, PO373, PO374, PO431, PO432, PO433, PO452 or PO465. Some special topics courses (PO310, PO311, PO497 and PO498) may also fulfil this requirement; consult the department.
- 0.5 area studies credit from: PO318, PO319 or PO370.
- 1.0 300-level credit.
- 1.0 400-level credit (other than PO478*).
- Students must receive a grade of 8.00 (B) in two 300-level Political Science courses as a prerequisite for all 400-level Political Science courses.
- PO263 and PO264 may be used to fulfil both the field and Canadian requirements.
- Honours Political Science students may take a maximum of two 400-level seminars; the department recommends only one per semester.
- Students wishing to receive a BA with designation in Political Science may, if they meet all other requirements for an Honours BA in Political Science, substitute 2.0 credits at the 300 level for the Honours BA requirement of 1.0 credit at the 300 level and 1.0 credit at the 400 level.
Honours BA in Political Science with Research Specialization
The Honours BA in Political Science with Research Specialization is available to Year 4 honours Political Science students only. To be eligible, students must have achieved a minimum grade of 8.00 (B) in each 300-level Political Science course they completed in Year 3 (a minimum of two such courses is required), and must have achieved a minimum average of 8.0 in all Political Science courses taken in Year 3.
Consult the department for more information.
Honours BA in Political Science in Combination with Another Honours BA Program
The requirements are the same as stated in the Honours BA in Political Science degree except that a minimum of 7.5 credits and a maximum of 9.5 credits in Political Science is required.
Combined LLB (Sussex) and Honours BA in Political Science (Laurier)
Students must apply for direct entry to this program and meet competitive entrance requirements. After admission to the program, they are also guaranteed admission to the University of Sussex Law School provided they continue to meet progression requirements every term they are at Laurier. Students will spend the first two years at Laurier, the next three years at Sussex obtaining their LLB credentials, and a final year back at Laurier for completion of their BA requirements.
A partnership agreement between the two universities permits the transfer of five (5.0) senior credits from the University of Sussex towards the Laurier degree. Courses prescribed by the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada will be offered at Laurier in Year 6 and will fulfill Canadian regulations for the practice of law anywhere in Canada (after writing additional bar exams or articling). These Year 6 courses are also used to fulfill some of the remaining program requirements towards the Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.
Legal Studies Option
The Legal Studies Option gives students an excellent opportunity to learn about the law. The option's 4.0 credits provide a solid foundation in the social scientific analysis of the legal system in Canada, in other countries, and internationally. It is strongly recommended to students who are considering pursuing law school or employment opportunities that require familiarity with the law.
Honours program students with a minimum overall GPA of 7.0 at the end of Year 1, 2 or 3 are eligible to apply for the Legal Studies Option.
- 2.0 additional required credits from: PO209, PO212, PO331, PO333, PO350, PO371, PO380, PO389 (more than one PO389 special topics course may be used to fulfil this requirement; consult the department)
- 1.5 elective credits from: AN243, AN333/SY333, BU231, BU451, BU464, EN330, GS411, HI255, HI318, HI375,HI390, NO309h, PO301, PP213, PP217, PP247, SY241, SY242
A minimum 3.0 of the 4.0 Legal Studies Option credits must be completed at Laurier.
Cumulative GPA of 7.00 in the courses specific to the Legal Studies Option.
Minor in Political Science
- 2.0 senior Political Science credits
Minor in Public Policy
The Minor in Public Policy offers you the opportunity to acquire a valuable toolkit that will equip you to make direct and more meaningful connections between the knowledge you acquire within your home department and faculty and the world in which you will live and work. This minor, with its emphasis on developing hands-on analytical and communication skills and applying them to ongoing policy issues, helps prepare you for a competitive labour market upon graduation.
You will be required to take require courses that introduce you to the public policy cycle and the tools of policy analysis, and then choose from a suite of courses that explore environmental, social, Aboriginal, foreign and other policy issues and develop writing skills for policy-making.
The Minor in Public Policy consists of a total of 3.0 credits, which includes:
- 2.0 credits chosen from the following: PO316, PO334, PO344, PO347, PO373, PO420 or PO433
Master of Applied Politics (MAP)
Our one-year program offers a variety of options to fulfill program requirements. You may choose a coursework only option, consisting of eight half-credit courses, or you may choose to undertake a Major Research Project (PO695*), in addition to six half-credit courses.
There are four options to complete the Major Research Project:
- journal article option
- master’s research paper
- public opinion project
- policy analysis project
Admission to the Major Research Project will require the support of a faculty supervisor and the graduate coordinator. You will apply for the Master Research Project at the end of your first semester of graduate studies.
All students must complete the two core courses:
- PO601: The Craft of Political Science
- PO602: Applied Political Analysis
Other course requirements:
- Students wishing to complete the policy analysis project must take PO604: Understanding and Applying Public Policy Analysis.
- Students wishing to complete the public opinion project must take PO633: Public Opinion and Survey Design.
With the approval of the graduate coordinator and the dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, you may choose some of your electives from those courses offered by other master's programs at Laurier, or by another university.