Political Science Undergraduate Program

There are three routes by which a student may enter the discipline of Political Science at the undergraduate level:

  1. Minor: Students may combine a Minor in Political Science with a Major in another discipline.
  2. Major: Students may either take a Single Major in Political Science or choose to do a Double Major along with another discipline.
  3. Honours: Students interested in proceeding to post-graduate education may want to choose the Honours Program, which broadens and deepens their knowledge through the preparation of an individually researched report. Students may complete a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and another discipline.

Note 1: In order to be admitted to the Majors, Double Majors, Honours or Joint Honours programs in Political Science, a student must already have completed 12 ch of Political Science courses, which may be counted towards the total credit hours required to meet program requirements.

Note 2: Advanced level courses are courses where the first digit is 3 or 4.

Note 3: The courses offered by the Political Science department are grouped into four areas of the discipline.  Students are strongly encouraged to take courses from each area.


Minor Program

A Minor in Political Science consists of 24 credits in Political Science courses, of which at least 6 credits must be in Introductory Level courses (1000 or 2000 level) and 12 credits in Advanced Level courses (3000 or 4000 level).


Majors Programs

Single Major

A student doing a single Major in Political Science shall complete a total of 42 ch in Political Science, 24 ch of which must be in advanced level courses. The student's program must include:

  • POLS 2202 Canadian Politics
  • 6.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level
  • POLS 3410 Survey of Political Thought

 
Double Major

A student doing a Double Major in Political Science with another discipline shall complete a total of 30 ch in Political Science, 24 ch of which must be in advanced level courses. A student's program must include:

  • POLS 2202 Canadian Politics
  • 3.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level
  • POLS 3410 Survey of Political Thought

Honours Programs

In order to be eligible for entry into Honours, students must have:

  • a GPA of 3.0 in Political Science courses
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • 60 ch of course work completed
  • 12 ch of course work in Political Science completed

Students wishing to read for Honours in Political Science should notify the Departmental Coordinator of Honours and Majors on registration day or immediately thereafter. Approval by the Coordinator, in consultation with the Department, of the programs of successful applicants is required.

Students considering entry to the program are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Honours and Majors in the term prior to their desired term of entry for further information.

Honours (Single)

A student reading for Honours in Political Science must complete at least 48 ch in Political Science, 30 of which must be in advanced level courses.  The students program must include:

  • POLS 2202  Canadian Politics
  • 6.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level
  • POLS 3410  Survey of Political Thought
  • POLS 3533  Research Methods in Political Science
  • POLS 4000  Directed Reading and Research in Political Science
  • 6 ch at the 4000-level (in addition to POLS 4000)

Joint Honours

A student reading for Joint Honours in Political Science and another discipline must complete at least 36 ch in Political Science, 24 ch of which must be in advanced level courses.  The students program must include:

  • POLS 2202  Canadian Politics
  • 3.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level
  • POLS 3410  Survey of Political Thought
  • POLS 3533  Research Methods in Political Science
  • POLS 4000  Directed Reading and Research in Political Science
  • 3 ch at the 4000-level (in addition to POLS 4000)

Course Credit

Students may count courses towards the fulfillment of their program requirements in a Single Major, Double Major or Honours in Political Science only if they receive a grade of C or better.  Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in POLS 4000 to receive an Honours degree.

For detailed information about the UNB Bachelor of Arts degree requirements, refer to the UNB Undergraduate Calendar.