About Political Science


Political Science is important to society because an educated citizenry is the best safeguard for democracy. Political Science is valuable for individuals who want to know more about the values, laws, institutions and policy mechanisms that govern their lives in society, and as well, the differences between their system of government and those in other countries.

Political Science is an especially useful preparation for students who wish to pursue careers in teaching, law, public service or business. There are many minor program opportunities to further these study areas.

Faculty & Research


There is exciting research happening everyday through the assistance of many grants; through many workshops and conferences we are able to demonstrate the knowledge gained as well as gather further insights.

The Political Science Department is also home for the Centre for the Study of Security and Development which is involved in international projects such as The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence

Department News

  • Dal News profile on Noel Guscott
    Profile of Political Science undergraduate student Noel Guscott on Dal news. See more: https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/05/25/grad-profile-.html?utm_source=Today@Dal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dalnews
  • Political Science alumna, Sarah Dobson, is now published in the Career Minded special edition issue of The Coast
    Sarah Dobson featured for FASS in The Coast's Career Minded special edition. For more information https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/dalhousie-universitys-faculty-of-arts-and-social-sciences-opportunities-around-every-corner/Content?oid=23516977
  • Celebrating 50 political women
    Article featuring Political Science department Alumni Sarah Dobson, Read more here: https://dalgazette.com/news/celebrating-50-political-women/
  • PhD candidate Julia Rodgers in Today@dal
    PhD candidate Julia Rodgers published in the Today@dal, “Brand Versus Reality: Trudeau’s Style of Governing Must Now Change” https://www.dal.ca/news/2019/11/12/brand-versus-reality--trudeau-s-style-of-governing-must-now-chan.html?utm_source=Today@Dal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dalnews
  • Herald commentary by undergraduate political science student
    Political science undergraduate student Noel Guscott's op-ed published by the Chronicle Herald. Read more here: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/local-perspectives/commentary-ottawa-offloads-national-hunger-problem-to-food-banks-charities-369494/
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