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Political Science, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (WUR) London, Canada
A degree in Political Science at University of Western Ontario prepares students for a wide range of jobs in many different fields including but not limited to federal/provincial/local government, business, journalism, broadcasting, public relations, international relations, policy analysis, market research, interest group advocacy, law and education.
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A Political Science degree at the University of Western Ontario offers not just the knowledge and background needed for these jobs, but  a complex set of skills as well.  Research, analysis, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving, and public speaking skills figure highly in our courses.

Political Science is interdisciplinary in nature and is a perfect complement to a great range of other subjects such as economics, history, sociology, psychology, geography, criminology, philosophy, or business.

Everyone benefits from learning about government and politics. Most people will be called on to vote periodically and help make vital choices about who should govern their city, province, and country.

Award Winning Faculty

In the past five years, Political Science Professors have received more than 30 awards and honors for their teaching. The first year course, Politics 1020, is taught by two lecturers who have won University-wide awards in the past few years. We pride ourselves on providing excellent, interesting, and thought-provoking classes.

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Education

  • International Relations
  • Faculty of Law
  • Centre for American Studies
  • Centre for Transitional Justice & Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  • Ivey HBA Program
  • Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

Possible Careers

A degree in Political Science can help you launch a career in a wide variety of fields such as civil service, federal/provincial/local government, international agencies such as the United Nations, business, journalism, broadcasting, public relations, policy analysis, market research, interest/lobby groups, law, and education.

A degree in Political Science will develop your critical thinking and problem solving abilities, skills that will help you to accurately assess ideas and construct answers to complex theoretical questions by developing logical arguments based on empirical evidence. These are the skills employers seek in the 21st century economy.

Careers Among Graduates of the Undergraduate Program in Political Science:

  • Private sector, Government, Non-profit sector
  • Public Administration programs, Management training
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • International careers (i.e., United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations)
  • Continue on to Professional or Graduate Studies (Law School, Graduate programs in Political Science)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Capitalism and Democracy
  • Current Issues in Canadian Politics
  • Canada Abroad
  • Globalization
  • Global Violence & Injustice
  • Politics & Pop Culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Completion of the entire Diploma including the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay
  • Passes in a minimum of 6 subjects of which 3 must be at the Higher Level
  • A minimum grade total of 28 including points awarded for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge
  • No mark less than 4 on any individual course
  • Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31042 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31042 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6050 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6050 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1037 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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