The study of Political Science increases our understanding of critical issues and developments that affect our lives.
Examples of such issues are the nature of power, the causes of conflict, the tensions of Canadian federalism, security in the post-Cold War international system, globalization, critiques of liberal democracy, feminist analysis, democratization, and the rise of Asia.
The Department of Political Science offers a number of programs, including the Major, Minor, and Honours in Political Science, the Honours in Political Science with International Relations and the Combined Majors in:
Admission to the major, combined major, or honours program requires an application by May 15 prior to registering for third-year. The minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing.
If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.
The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers had a chance to speak with 2016’s Community Contributions to the Faculty of Arts Award Winner, Audrey Tong about her academic interests, UBC experiences and post-graduation plans. Post written by Zining Wang. Why did you decide to study Political Science and International Relations? My passion for political science […]
Michelle Silongan (BA ’09, MPP ’11) is interested in the intersections between political science, public policy, and law. She is a proponent of the United States studies program at UBC, which she minored in along with her political science major.
Yasin Kiraga is a Political Science major with a minor in International Relations whose diverse background has motivated him to view his lived experiences in a global context and create change for those who need it most. As a student sponsored by the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee program, he describes his time at UBC as both a challenge and an opportunity.
Harsev Oshan, a third-year international student majoring in Political Science and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, was elected President of the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) back in April 2012.
It’s tough for temporary aid workers in developing countries to know if they’ve made an impact in their short time of service. Ben Black can measure the difference he helped make over his three months in Swaziland: the NGO he worked for now has two new cars with which to conduct their work, and the people he helped now have a community garden to call their own.