Political Science


Political Science provides a strong foundation in Canadian and international politics, comparative politics, and political theory.

Overview

Political Science provides a strong foundation in Canadian and international politics, comparative politics, and political theory.

The study of politics examines the nature and workings of power, state, and government; the rights and duties of citizenship; the limits and possibilities of collective political action; and the social, economic, and cultural formations that shape the life of the political community.

The scope of inquiry is local, national, and international; it includes the empirical analysis of individuals, groups, institutions, and processes as well as the investigation of long-standing philosophical questions concerning human nature, freedom, democracy, and justice.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours
Minor

Curriculum

At Mount Allison, the Political Science program is organized into four main subfields.

These include:

  • Canadian politics
  • Comparative politics
  • International politics
  • Political theory

The program offers students the opportunity to gain a strong foundation in all four subfields and to combine empirical, practical, and theoretical approaches in each year of study.

In addition to courses in Canadian politics, you may choose specialized area courses in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

If you wish to pursue a more intensive concentration in one particular subfield, you can also take courses in Canadian studies, international relations, history, and philosophy.

Political Science is available as:

  • BA major (60 credits)
  • BA honours (72 credits)
  • Minor in any degree (24 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Careers

Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and on-the-job experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Political Science graduates include:

  • legislative/executive assistant (for MPs, provincial representatives)
  • public policy/business analyst
  • intelligence/threat management analyst
  • emergency preparedness officer
  • cultural affairs/foreign service officer
  • municipal administrator
  • urban planner
  • immigration/citizenship officer
  • community development officer
  • human rights officer
  • government relations officer

Alumni Spotlight

Jo-Ann Roberts ('77)
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Interim Green Party Leader, Green Party of Canada; veteran journalist and broadcaster

» 2019 Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award Recipient, Jo-Ann Roberts

Testimonials

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The outstanding professors, exciting and relevant course content, and opportunities inside and outside the classroom makes Mount Allison's Political Science program stand out. I came to love the close-knit and supportive environment within the program, and the chance to gain a breadth of knowledge ranging from Maritime Provincial Politics, to African politics, Middle Eastern politics, and beyond. I will be forever grateful for the guidance and mentorship of the professors in the department.


Meghan Ainslie
MacAskill
'20
Honours Political Science, minor in History
Bedford, NS
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The thing I appreciated most about the Political Science program was the broad degree of perspectives that I generated through my studies. Whether domestically, nationally, or even internationally, the program gives students the proper background knowledge to tackle current events and be able to interpret them with significance.


Jaryd
Morrissey
'18/'19
BComm, minor in Political Science/ BA Political Science, minor in Commerce
Sackville, NB

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Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for persona growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for the Bachelor of Arts.

Academic Awards

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Mount A is 3rd in national academic awards won by students


Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second for student satisfaction and third in the number of students who have won national academic awards. To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars.

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