Politics

Honours, Majors and Minor

Honours

Students interested in an Honours degree in Politics must apply to the Department of History and Politics after they complete 60 ch of studies. To be eligible to apply students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in Politics courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. These minimums must be maintained for the duration of the program. No grade lower than C in a Politics course will count for credit towards the required credits in Politics for an Honours degree.

The Honours Politics program consists of 18 term-courses of Political Science courses. This shall be comprised of the 14 term-courses required for a Major in Politics, plus an additional 4 term-courses of upper level Political Science courses which must include POLS 4001 Honours Seminar in Politics and POLS 4000 Honours Thesis, as well as one-term course in another 4000 level course.

For the award of a first-class Honours degree, a grade point average of 3.6 is required in all Politics courses above the introductory level. For a second-class Honours degree an average of 3.3 is required in these courses. In both cases a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 is required.

Major

Students choosing the discipline major must complete a minimum of 14 term-courses in Politics, as follows:
  1. POLS 1201, and POLS 1301;
  2. Two of the following: POLS 2201/POLS 2301/POLS 2401/POLS 2601;
  3. One of the following: POLS 3401/POLS 3101/POLS 3603/POLS 3425;
  4. And POLS 3901 or one 4000 level POLS course.

The remaining 8 term-courses must be upper level courses selected by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor in Politics. No grade lower than a C in a Politics course will count for credit towards a Majors degree in Politics.

Unless otherwise noted:

  1. The required prerequisite for entry into any upper-level course in Canadian Politics (any course with the number 1, 2 or 5 as its second digit) is POLS 1201;
  2. The required prerequisites for entry into any upper-level courses in Comparative Politics (any course with the number 3 as its second digit) and International Politics (any course with the number 6 as its second digit) are POLS 1301 and/or POLS 2601.
  3. The required prerequisites for entry into any upper-level courses in Political Theory (any course with the number 4 as its second digit) is POLS 2401. Exceptions are subject to approval by the Chair of the Department, in consultation with the Politics faculty.

Double Major:

Double major students in Politics and in another discipline must complete 12 term-courses in Politics, as follows:

  1. POLS 1201 and POLS 1301;
  2. Two of the following: POLS 2201/POLS 2301/POLS 2401/POLS 2601;
  3. One of the following: POLS 3401/POLS 3101/POLS 3603/POLS 3425;
  4. And POLS 3901 or one 4000 level POLS course.

The remaining 6 term-courses must be upper level courses selected by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor in Politics. No grade lower than a C in a Politics course will count towards a Double Majors in Politics.

Minor
A Minor in Politics requires the completion of 9 credit hours from any of the lower level courses in Politics and 15 credit hours of upper level courses. No grade lower than a C in a Politics course will count towards a Minor in Politics.