Department of Geography, History, and Political and International Studies
Dr. Robynne Healey, Chair
Dr. Paul Rowe, Coordinator
The Political Studies program within the Department of Geography, History, and Political and International Studies offers:
- An honours program in Political Studies, leading to a B.A. (Honours) degree;
- A major in Political Studies, leading to a B.A. degree;
- A concentration in Political Studies;
- A minor in Political Studies.
In Political Studies, students explore how governments are organized and how they influence the amount and distribution of social and economic resources. Students develop a fuller understanding of government institutions, legislative processes, foreign policy, international relations, and public law. Studying Political Studies helps prepare students to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens. TWU’s Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa gives students an opportunity to study the political process in the nation’s capital while also completing an internship in a government office, non-governmental organization, or on Parliament Hill.
Graduates with a background in political studies can look for employment in government-related service, administration, business, archives and museums, and teaching. This program is an excellent pre-professional program for law, librarianship, ministerial training, journalism, broadcasting, and administration. The insight, skills of analysis and communication, and disposition acquired in this field are increasingly recognized as a key to success in today’s world.
Program Checklists and Requirements:
The Honours program in Political Studies allows for a greater degree of specialization in Political Studies and is especially valuable as a preparation for graduate studies and for those wishing to work in the public sector.
Admission to the Honours program in Political Studies is by application to the Department chair. To be admitted, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in all Political Studies courses. An overall average of 2.7 is required for graduation.
This page contains official TWU academic program information.