Political Science

Discovering Political Science

Our Political Science program covers the four traditional subfields of the discipline: Canadian Politics and Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations and World Politics, and Political Philosophy. Students are offered a sound foundation in the institutional and philosophical dimensions of political life and are attuned to the trends and shocks that alter the forces and issues affecting us at home and abroad.

The program also offers a for-credit Model United Nations course, which sends student each year to at least one major Model UN simulation. Teams have competed at Harvard, the UN in New York, and Ottawa. Each spring, St. Thomas hosts the John Peters Humphrey Model UN for high school students, giving students in our Political Science Department a chance to become centrally involved in organizing and running the event.

Critical and Transferable Skills

Political Science students hone their reading, writing, and analytic skills. They examine arguments, identify trends, test theories, and explain developments. They learn about the links between individual concerns and public policy problems. By studying case studies in national and international governance, international relations, and comparative politics, they develop their skills of public policy analysis and prepare themselves for analytical, project management, and communication work in various agencies of the government, as well as non-governmental and international organizations.

Careers and Graduate Pathways

Many Political Science graduates pursue careers in law, journalism, public service, domestic and international organizations, research, communications and public relations, education, domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, business, academia, and many other areas of the public and private sectors. A degree in Political Science prepares students to understand and thrive in the social and political aspects that inevitably affect almost every field of work.

Related Areas of Study

The study of politics and government incorporate such diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives. It is important for students of Political Science to be familiar with an array of topics that are deeply understood by taking courses in other subject areas such as History, Philosophy, Great Books, Economics, English, and Sociology. Consideration of historical, philosophical, economic, and social aspects of government is essential to understanding today’s political institutions and processes.