Political Science (BA)

Explore topics like trade, political economy, environmental politics, migration, development and more while also developing skills in issue and policy analysis, legal evaluation and argument, public opinion, electoral analysis, advocacy and political communication. Gain a comprehensive understanding of global politics and the way that governments and policy shape the society around us. Graduate with the background to become an engaged citizen in your community and to pursue opportunities across Canada and abroad.

You can also pair your Political Science (BA) degree from Laurier with a Law (LLB) degree from the University of Sussex (United Kingdom) through our six-year pathway program!

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Political Science program:

  • Apply for our brand new co-op program at the end of your first year to gain hands-on work experience.
  • Take a semester abroad to gain a fresh perspective on the field and enjoy learning in another culture and environment.
  • Participate in classes and workshops with policy practitioners from the non-governmental sector and from all levels of government.
  • Engage in (and observe) live debates and mock trials in both the classroom and the courtroom.
  • Complete a major research project under the supervision of award-winning faculty.
  • Join one of three popular student associations to apply your classroom learning in a practical way: 
    • Moot Court: a competitive legal advocacy team that competes in tournaments across Canada
    • Pre-Law Society: a student organization committed to providing knowledge to the student body regarding legal professions, law schools, networking and professionalism.
    • Association of Political Science Students and the Sussex Association at Laurier 

Check out the Political Science Experience and Career Guide for more!


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UH (Political Science); ULA (Sussex Law Pathway); UMA (BA + MA Pathway)

Program Details

Political Science at Laurier

A Political Science degree at Laurier gives you the training and tools you need in areas such as political communication, policy and legal analysis, public opinion design and implementation, as well as election analysis. In the process, you'll gain the experience and skills to understand the political events and debates around you, preparing you for a life of engaged citizenship.

Interested in Graduate Studies?

You can apply for our Bachelor of Arts (BA) + master's program to receive two conditional offers of admission: one to undergraduate studies, where you'll earn a BA in Political Science, and one to graduate studies, where you'll earn a Master of Applied Politics (MAP).

Interested in Law?

You can combine this program with a law degree (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program can be completed in six years.

You'll complete your first two years in the Political Science program at our Waterloo campus. Students who meet the GPA and progression requirements may then apply to the UK law program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to the University of Sussex law school; there is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam.

After three years of studying abroad in the UK and completing an LLB, you'll return for one final year at Laurier to complete your Laurier BA.

Program Options and Courses


Our program allows you to concentrate your studies in topics ranging from international governance and global trade, Canadian politics, comparative politics (e.g., the U.S. and Europe), public policy, area studies (Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East), to refugees and migration and political research methodology.

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Management Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • International Public Policy Option
  • Research Specialization
  • North American Studies Minor
  • Global Studies Minor
  • History Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Politics Within Borders
  • Politics Beyond Borders
  • 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Introduction to Sociology I: Critical Foundations
  • Values and Society
  • Literature and Crime
  • Film and Genre

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Theories of Justice
  • International Law
  • Legal Advocacy Skills
  • Legal Writing
  • Markets, Money and International Politics


Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"I really enjoyed in-class conversations about current issues. This program allows you to take control of your own learning and learn about why politics have worked the way they have in the past and why it is going this way now."

Jordan Baechler, Political Science graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • advocacy-government relations
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence agent
  • international aid worker
  • journalist/reporter
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • policy advisor/researcher
  • political strategist
  • public opinion analyst

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"I have taken classes on Canadian foreign policy, the politics of the Middle East, and international law. I have also completed the Research Specialization, which gave me the opportunity to design and complete a major research project. I would highly recommend this program because of the courses offered, professors who are committed to student learning, and experiential learning opportunities!"

Hillary Kendrick, Political Science graduate

Interested in More Info?

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