Faculty of Social Sciences Building

School of Political Studies

Welcome to the School of Political Studies!

The School of Political Studies, created by the University of Ottawa in 2003, is a hub of knowledge bringing together the study of political science and public administration. Using both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, the School of Political Studies makes it possible for students to acquire in-depth knowledge on a range of political phenomena, such as power and authority, opposition and resistance, as well as management and public policy, in all their different forms at home and around the world.

Why political studies?

Do you wish to learn how politics work at all levels? Do you want to hone your skills of critical thought and evaluation? Do you want to do all of this in a bilingual, multicultural environment that is just steps away from Parliament Hill?

Located in the heart of the nation's capital neighbouring Parliament Hill and the Quebec border, the Political Science program is the perfect place to study all aspects of contemporary politics. With an undergraduate program that allows students to take their courses in either official language and that has a diverse and multicultural student body, it is truly a microcosm of Canadian society. Be inspired!

FSS Building and park benches
Student in class
Student voices

“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.”

Logan Turner, student

Contact us

School of Political Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Building
120 University Private, Room 7005
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
Canada (map)

Tel.: 613-562-5754 
[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday 
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)


Please note our services and our personnel are available by MS Teams and by email.

The Social Sciences (FSS) and Vanier (VNR) buildings are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.