Political Science at Carleton

Our Approach
Real World Experience
A Strong Reputation
Meet our Students
How do I Apply?

Undergrad Polisci Student Nicholas Salamon enjoys the quick access to the canal from campus. Winter time brings some great opportunities to enjoy some outdoor activities with friends. Did you know Ottawa is home to the longest naturally frozen ice rink in the world?  And it’s just across the street from campus!  Not into winter sports?  Try biking the paths alongside the canal in the summer!

Our Approach

Our ‘back to basics’ approach prepares students to become citizens of the world and for careers anywhere around the globe. You’ll explore new ideas to address the many complex issues facing Canada and the world, such as climate change, migration, nationalism and populism, globalization, wealth and poverty, human rights and liberty, parliamentary governance and democracy.

You’ll hone research, writing, and communication skills that are essential for almost any career path you choose to pursue.

Our undergraduate BA degree programs include the Honours BA, the BA, and the Combined Honours BA. Students can select from a range of study paths and concentrations in Political Science, or tailor their program to explore their own interests.

We offer students a wide variety of courses and seminars to choose from throughout their program.

  • Our First Year Seminars are small classes for students to engage in discussions and learning about specific issues, such as Feminism in Contemporary Politics, Indigenous Politics, or Power, Liberty and Public Policy.
  • Our first- and second-year courses introduce you to the essentials of political science, including World Politics, Comparative and Canadian Politics, Political Thought, and Public Affairs Analysis.
  • Smaller third- and fourth-year courses and seminars enable you to delve more deeply into specializations and an array of timely topics such as global environmental politics, foreign policy, development studies, forced migration, and many more.
  • The Faculty of Public Affairs offers interdisciplinary courses for our students on specialized topic areas that vary from year to year.
  • You can have a look at the full list of courses we offer in the Undergraduate Calendar and also explore some of our courses in more detail on our Course Outlines pages.

Real World Experience

Carleton Political Science students have exciting experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom – to meet, learn, and work with experts and experienced practitioners in a wide range of settings

  • Our popular co-op program gives students hands-on, paid work experience and access to an unparalleled network of employers in Canada’s National Capital Region and around the country.
  • You can also earn course credits for exciting internships in Canada, Washington D.C., or internationally.
  • And, if you are keen on doing research, the Faculty of Public Affairs also offers opportunities for senior students to earn credits and gain practical research experience through summer research internships and research mentorships.

Being at Carleton enables you to explore a wide range of volunteer opportunities and clubs and societies, such as the Carleton Political Science Society, the United Nations Society, the Carleton International Relations Society, and various campus political party associations.

A Strong Reputation for Learning and Support

Carleton’s Department of Political Science is among the largest and most respected programs in Canada. Our department is large enough to provide a wide range of courses, but small enough for individual students to find a supportive community of scholars.

We have a diverse faculty of internationally renowned scholars, authors, experts, and public commentators to guide you on your path, including award-winning researchers and teachers, visiting scholars, guest speakers, and practitioners.

Hear from Our Students

Why choose Carleton? Hear from Osman Elmi!
5th year Political Science Student and Vice President Student Life, Carleton University Student’s Association (CUSA)

How Do I Apply?

For more information about the application and admissions process at Carleton, including admission criteria, dates and deadlines, visit Undergraduate Admissions. Be sure to sign up for Carleton360 so you can book a virtual campus tour and participate in our open-house events!

Additional Resources

Political Science Program Info Sheet (PDF)
Undergraduate Admissions Office 
Costs and Scholarships
Fee Estimator
Undergraduate Calendar
Carleton University’s Coronavirus Information