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Faculty of Arts
UNB Fredericton

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Undergraduate program

The study of political science illuminates an important dimension of the human experience and helps prepare individuals for intelligent participation in political community.

Graduates from the University of New Brunswick’s political science program have gone on to fruitful careers in diverse fields including government, law, journalism and public affairs. They have found opportunities in the public service, international agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

About our program

Anyone seriously interested in understanding our rapidly changing world will find political science courses useful and informative, either as an area of major concentration or as a supplement to their main course of study. Courses in our department span the full range of the discipline, including:

  • political theory
  • international relations
  • Canadian politics
  • women and politics
  • comparative politics
  • political economy

Majors, minors and honours

In order to be admitted to the majors, double majors, honours or joint honours programs in the Department of 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.

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

Majors programs

Students can take a single major or double major in political science.



Major (single)

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.

A 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

Students interested in proceeding to post-graduate education may want to choose the honours program, which broadens and deepens their knowledge through additional coursework and the preparation of an individual research report.

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 joint honours degree is taken with political science and another discipline in the Faculty of Arts.

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 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
  • 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)



Minor

You may combine a minor in political science with a major in another discipline in the Faculty of Arts. A minor in political science consists of 24 credits in political science courses,. The student's program must include:

  • Six ch of introductory level courses (1000 or 2000 level)
  • 12 ch of advanced level courses (3000 or 4000 level)

Course credit

Students may count courses towards the fulfilment 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 undergraduate calendar.