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Welcome to the Department of Politics

Politics plays a part in almost every aspect of our lives, from the courtroom to the boardroom to the living room. Politics is not only about power and authority, but also about holding those in power accountable, exercising democratic rights and engaging in active citizenship.

Our program is relevant, dynamic and applicable in today’s world. Our location in one of the fastest growing and most diverse places in the globe enriches our unique learning environment, which combines scholarly work and hands-on experience. You’ll learn alongside a diversity of students with a wealth of experiences and world views.

Join our vibrant, internationally recognized community of educators, scholars, practitioners, activists and engaged citizens. Our instructors are leading in several research frontiers, offering the kind of depth and breadth few departments in the world can match. You’ll see them frequently in the public sphere and media, contributing to current debates. 

Read our Land Acknowledgment, which recognizes the unique and enduring relationship of Indigenous people and their traditional territory.

It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Politics and to encourage those of you who are looking for an academic home to join us! We are ready to welcome you and to support you in your scholarly journey. As a student in the Department of Politics you will be part of a unique community of critical scholars that includes 45 full-time faculty members, making us one of the largest departments in the discipline of political science in Canada. We offer over 150 courses every year at the undergraduate level over the fall, winter and summer, allowing each student the flexibility to tailor their program of study to their distinct interests and long-term goals. And we have a track record of success in supporting students as they move into post-graduate education, such as law and Master’s programs, or into employment that requires the knowledge and skills acquired by studying politics! We hope you will join our community of scholars. We are ready to welcome you! And if you are looking for information on the Graduate Program in Political Science, please see our Graduate Programs.

— Karen Murray
Chair, Department of Politics

Department of Politics Chair Karen Murray