Explore the notion of power, the key principles of living together and the differences between political regimes.

Political science examines the State, institutions, collective action, the distribution of resources, conflict resolution, the role of ideas, international relations and globalization on all political levels: local, regional, provincial, national and international. This program offers you solid training on pivotal issues such as citizenship, federalism, minorities, First Nations, political participation, political economy, public policy, globalization, ethics and democracy.

Why choose the School of Political Studies

Just steps from Parliament Hill, in the heart of the nation’s capital, the School benefits from a rich network of contacts developed by its professors and alumni. You get to study next door to the federal public service, which is not only an employer, but also a University partner and the subject of much University research.

Part of your learning experience

Open to many theoretical and methodological approaches, the School of Political Studies focuses on critical reflection and experiential learning both within and outside the classroom.



Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U mid 70s
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) mid 60s
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84 %
Parliament Hill, view of Centre block

School of Political Studies

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4 years120 units
Parliament of Canada in Ottawa in Winter

Honours in Political Science

4 years120 units

Joint Honours in Philosophy and Political Science

4 years120 units

Joint Honours in Communication and Political Science

4 years120 units
Arrows around the globe 

Joint Honours in Economics and Political Science

4 years120 units
Parliament of Canada in Ottawa 

Joint Honours in History and Political Science

4 years120 units
Interior view of the Parliament of Canada’s Senate chamber 

Joint Honours in Public Administration and Political Science

4 years120 units
Cubist work of several female faces 

Joint Honours in Feminist and Gender Studies and Political Science

6 years183 units

Honours in Political Science and Juris Doctor (J.D.)

(Program offered in French only)

Calendar | Course sequence | French immersion

Parliament in Fall

Major in Political Science

Students at uOttawa

Minor in Political Science

Justin Turcotte
Student voices

“We follow politics on every media, every day, but in Ottawa, you get to see politics play out before you. Politicians come to campus regularly - members of Parliament, ministers, ambassadors.”

Justin Turcotte

— Student

What to expect

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French immersion

Located in the heart of Ottawa, which is the national capital and an officially bilingual city, the University of Ottawa has been a bilingual institution for more than 150 years. Immersion students have multiple opportunities to learn French in a wonderful cultural context and an innovative learning environment whose efficiency and successfulness has been proven.
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