Why Political Studies?

At TWU, the political studies program embraces both the social science and humanities aspects of political analysis.

Why Political Studies?

At TWU, the political studies program embraces both the social science and humanities aspects of political analysis.

In Political Studies, we consider the many ways in which we use power in human societies.

We examine the philosophic and practical aspects of the use and abuse of power, combining insights from both the humanities and social sciences.

Our Political Studies program embraces both the social science and humanities aspects of political analysis, adding depth to your studies. As a student of political studies, you will deepen your understanding of political science and explore your rights and responsibilities as a citizen and Christian.

You will explore the organization of government and how this influences the amount and distribution of social and economic resources. In addition, you will develop an understanding of government institutions, legislative processes, foreign policy, international relations, and public law.

Our political studies program includes practicum courses, giving our students valuable experience. Our students have the option of studying at TWU’s Laurentian Leadership Centre and interning in Ottawa or at Parliament Hill, and participating in our Pre-Law Society or Model United Nations.

Students who graduate with a degree in Political Studies go on to work in government, politics, legal practice, business, and many other fields.


  • A major in Political Studies eading to a BA (Honours) degree
  • A major in Political Studies leading to a BA degree
  • A concentration
  • A minor


POLS 234 • Canadian Government and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Provides an overview of the Canadian system of government in a comparative approach that includes studies of British, American, and Canadian political and government institutions and practices.

POLS 308 • Political Economy of Developing Nations

This course provides an analysis of the relationship of government policies and economic development in selected Asian, African, and Latin American countries. Topics include the role of leadership and public policy; challenges of development; obstacles to democratization; and the interaction of domestic and global political and economic structures.

POLS 406 • War, Peace, and Society

A survey of the changing nature of and approaches to war and its effect on society from the Middle Ages to the present. Various visions and proposals for peace. The nature of nuclear war.


Students who graduate from out Political Studies program go on to work in government, politics, legal practice, business and many other fields. Students who recently completed this degree are currently working as staff in the offices of elected officials, serving as lawyers and partners in major legal firms, running for political office, or managing political campaigns, or working in high-level marketing or lobbying for multinational firms.


Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Honours
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Internship in Ottawa

Students can take on an internship at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, allowing them to gain professional work experience with an NGO, political office, museum, newspaper, tribunal, embassy, and more.

Careers in Political Studies
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Graduates from TWU’s political science program find careers in:

  • Government-related service
  • Administration
  • Law
  • Business
  • Librarianship
  • Journalism
  • Teaching

Faculty Profiles

Tyler Chamberlain, M.A., Ph.D.

Instructor in Political Studies and Philosophy; Campus Liaison for the Laurentian Leadership Centre

John Dyck, D.Phil

Retired Assistant Professor of Political Studies

Janet Epp Buckingham, LL.D.

Professor of Political Studies
Sabbatical 2021/22

Ann Penner, Ph.D.

Acting Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre

Paul Rowe, Ph.D.

Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies

André M. Schutten, LL.M.

Part-time Instructor of Political Studies

Leanne J. Smythe, Ph.D.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Political Studies

Calvin Townsend, MCS

Instructor in Political Studies and Religious Studies