Why study Political Science at Dal?

Study power structures in distant lands and in your own backyard

You'll be surrounded by Canadian political history — Halifax is home to Canada’s first elected assembly, the country’s oldest legislature building, and is the birthplace of responsible government in the British Empire. Work closely with nationally recognized and award-winning faculty members in a small, interactive setting. In addition to the traditional subfields (international relations, Canadian politics, political theory, and comparative politics), our program is the best place in Canada to study marine issues from an interdisciplinary perspective (including security, environmental, legal, and historical dimensions).

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Department of Political Science
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Our courses give you the opportunity to discover and pursue the aspect of political science that most interests you. Whether you’re passionate about local politics, foreign relations, or the politicization of social issues, there is a course for you.

First-year courses provide a great overview of political theory and history and serve as a solid foundation for more specialization in the upper years. While our professors use their own unique teaching methods, all our courses focus on developing strong research, critical thinking, and writing skills.

Sample courses:

  • World Politics
  • Sports and Politics
  • Model UN

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

You might find yourself working directly in politics or using the skills you learned in the program as a foundation for a career in law, journalism or business. Some career options to consider:

  • elected public official 
  • journalist 
  • lawyer

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in arts or business administration, or a professional degree in law.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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