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What is the program’s focus?

In UOIT’s Political Science program, you can explore how to understand and reimagine the world. Join us to expand your knowledge and develop your critical thinking to become an agent for change. Our program emphasizes the politics and policies needed for creating sustainable development in Canada and around the world. Beyond introducing students to the key theories and methodologies found in the discipline of political science, the program draws on faculty strengths in sociology, public policy, history, geography, philosophy, legal studies and economics to give you an integrated multidisciplinary background.

What will I study?

The program is structured around 15 core Political Science courses. Most of the courses offered are organized around three areas: development and social justice, political studies, and public policy. Students can choose to take courses from any of the areas or may choose to structure their coursework to emphasize one of the areas. Two specializations are available: 

  • Social Justice, Globalization and Development
  • Political Communication

In addition, students may choose to undertake a double major or a minor in any of the Social Science and Humanities programs.


Located in a medium-sized city at the rural-urban fringe of the Greater Toronto Area, UOIT’s Political Science program provides opportunities for students to explore social justice issues important to the development of sustainable politics and policies. Upper-year students have the opportunity to take part in practicum placements in local and regional organizations, and high-achieving students may complete an honours thesis.

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You can develop the skills and knowledge required for careers in:

  • community organizing and outreach
  • corporate social responsibility
  • environmental policy
  • foreign service and diplomacy
  • government and public service
  • human rights and humanitarian aid
  • international development
  • law
  • non-profit administration
  • social policy
  • sustainable community development
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