Political Science

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:

  • Political Science and Economics
  • Political Science and Philosophy

Click here for program requirements (UBC Calendar)


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.


Department of Political Science
Buchanan C425, 1866 Main Mall
Tel: 604-822-6079

UBC Political Science Students Association


Filza Raza: Outstanding Leader in the UBC Community

"Taking risks and having faith in your capabilities is the key to making the most out of your university experience."

Javier Barreto-Gomez: Outstanding Leader in the UBC Faculty of Arts 2018

UBC offers so many fascinating courses both within and outside of the Faculty of Arts. I recommend that you take an elective in something you are curious about, sometimes it can inspire you to take a minor degree in that subject!

Rachel Garrett: Oustanding Leader in the UBC Community 2018

The only piece of advice I’d give to incoming students would be to make time for your relationships - whether it be family, friends, lab partners or life partners.

Morrell Andrews: Outstanding Leader in the UBC Community and Beyond 2017 Award Winner

I have traveled to twenty countries in my degree alone... I have been fortunate to see the world and apply what I learned in the classroom to the issues on the ground.

Audrey Tong: Community Contributions to the Faculty of Arts 2016 Award Winner

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 and […]