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Political Science


Honours in Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Baccalauréat ès sciences sociales spécialisé approfondi en science politique et Juris Doctor (J.D.) (Program offered in French only)

Course Sequence | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Communication and Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Economics and Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Joint Honours in History and Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Philosophy and Political Science

Course Sequence | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Public Administration and Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Women’s Studies and Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

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Political Science seeks to describe, analyze, understand and assess the principles and power relations that govern social life. The study of politics revolves as much around the structures and institutions that define these relations and principles as around the ideas and practices that drive them. It explores everything that influences political life and institutions (ideologies, groups, social movements, etc.) on a local, regional, national and international scale.

Our programs offer in-depth training in political science and encourage critical reflection on pivotal issues like citizenship, identity, political participation, globalization and development, governance and the state, and ethics and democracy. A discipline open to many theoretical and methodological approaches, political science is in constant dialogue with other fields. At the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, you will build your knowledge in four subfields of political science: political thought, 2) Canadian and Quebec politics, 3) comparative politics and 4) international relations and global politics.

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U 75%-79%
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) 65%-69%
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84%
Logan Turner

Logan Turner is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He chose uOttawa to pursue his degree in Political Science while perfecting his second language skills. Logan completed two semesters abroad (one in Paris and a second in Grenoble). He stayed active by participating in intramural sports (volleyball, soccer and dodgeball) and by volunteering for the Peer Help Phone Line. 

Program highlights

  • With its 50 full-time professors, the School of Political Studies is the largest bilingual school of political science and public administration in Canada.
  • It is located in the heart of the nation’s capital, neighbouring Parliament Hill and the borders of the province of Quebec. The School benefits from close ties with government and para-government organizations through the rich network of contacts established by our professors and researchers.
  • This program is the perfect gateway for studying all aspects of contemporary politics. It allows students to take their courses in either official language, and its diverse and multicultural student body is truly a microcosm of Canadian society.

Potential careers

  • Political analyst
  • Government programs officer
  • Political commentator or columnist
  • Public policies analyst
  • Survey poll analyst
  • Regional or international development officer
  • Departmental officer
  • Foreign-service officer
  • Lobbyist

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International opportunities

This program provides students with international opportunities as of their third year of study.

Logan Turner


“I chose uOttawa because it provided me with a chance to continue my studies in French Immersion while also allowing me to live and work in the National Capital region. I have always been interested in current affairs, and studying political science in the very city where our federal politicians conduct their work every day was an opportunity that I could not pass up!”

Logan Turner, student

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