What will I learn?

Prepare yourself for a life of engaged citizenship. Get the knowledge you need to understand contemporary political events. Get the skills you need to contribute to your community and your workplace.

Tailor your program to include a geographic focus on North America, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America or Africa. Learn about political communication, policy and legal analysis, public opinion and election analysis.

Study trade, political economy, environmental politics, migration, economic development and so much more!

Program Highlights

  • Supportive, passionate and approachable professors.
  • A wide variety of classes so you can customize your course of study.
  • Skills-based learning to prepare you to contribute to your community and your workplace.
  • Practicing lawyers teaching legal studies courses.
  • Apply for our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program, where you earn an honours Arts degree from Laurier and a law degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom in six years.

Sample Courses

  • Markets, Money and International Politics
  • Introduction to Law
  • Canadian Environmental Policy
  • The Polarization of American Politics
  • Media Analysis in a Digital Age

Design Your Degree

These are a few 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

SAMPLE CAREER OPTIONS

A degree in Political Science won’t necessarily make you a politician (although several of our graduates have gone in that direction). With a degree in Political Science, you’ll possess a broad range of skills that prepare you for employment in the government, education, journalism, law, business and civil society sectors, both within Canada and abroad.

  • advocacy-government relations
  • foreign service worker
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence agent
  • international aid worker
  • journalist/reporter
  • labour organizer/negotiator
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • legislative/parliamentary assistant
  • market research analyst
  • policy advisor/researcher
  • political aide
  • political strategist
  • public opinion analyst
  • trade negotiator

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$27,860.00 (16,36,898) per year
Full-time tuition: CAN $27,860 - CAN $31,930. Please note this fee is for 2020 - 2021 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022

Venue

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,

WATERLOO,

Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent qualification. English language requirement: Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 overall, IELTS: An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, PTE: 59 overall or higher, CAE: Overall score of 176.

For international students

Students must have the following:

  • Minimum admission range of low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range of low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component; Paper-based testing: 560 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 59 overall or higher.

Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) - Overall score of 176.

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About Wilfrid Laurier University

Studying at Laurier goes beyond being a great student at a top-rated university; it’s about being ready to take on whatever the future holds.

  • 95% graduates secured employment or went on to PG studies
  • 1:25 faculty to student ratio
  • Home of Canada’s largest business degree co-op program
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US