• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Economic and Political Studies at Thompson Rivers University examines politics, government and political ideas, themes which concern the every day life of ordinary citizens as well as scholars, bureaucrats and politicians. The breadth of the subject means that Political Studies is a highly pluralistic discipline.
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Overview

Political Studies or Political Science, as it is more commonly known, is one of the newest and fastest growing disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. From a period in the early 1960s when there were few departments of political science, the discipline has expanded to the point where reputable universities must contain Political Studies departments.

Courses are offered in Political Studies at all levels of undergraduate education. The emphasis at present is on Canadian Politics and Government and Political Theory but courses are available in all subfields. 

The offerings in first and second year are quite broad providing interested students with a wide ranging introduction to the discipline. 

This wide exposure is particularly valuable to students who wish to focus on Political Studies either at TRU or elsewhere. At present, upper level courses are offered each year both in Canadian and Political Theory. All courses from Economic and Political Studies at Thompson Rivers University  are not offered annually but rather on a rotating basis. Students who remain at TRU for four years will have the opportunity to take almost every course.

Careers

Enter such career paths as: provincial ministries, government agencies, crown corporations, financial services sector (insurance, banking, etc.), consulting firms, firms in the natural resources sector, graduate studies in economics, business and law, and self-employment.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Late applications will be considered if space is available

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • The Government and Politics of Canada 
  • Contemporary Ideologies 
  • Political Philosophy
  • International Politics 
  • Canadian Political Parties 
  • Canadian Foreign Policy 
  • Politics of the Middle East

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    570

    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

  •  Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status 
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)
  • Admission to each major program may have specific requirements.
  • Recommended: Mathematics 11 or higher is strongly recommended for students pursuing Education or a major in Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology or Psychology

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3660 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1830 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    878 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 439 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Depending on no. of courses per semester

  • NAT:$439- $3,079
  • INTL: $1,830 -$11,130 

Living costs for Kamloops

  • 1240 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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