Major in Political Science

Career Prospects

A Major in Political Science is excellent preparation for a career in government or with an international organization, such as the United Nations. Opportunities also exist with non-profit groups, like Amnesty International or local food banks. You may also find work in the private sector, particularly with larger companies that have government relations departments. Many journalists have a background in Political Science as well. Finally, a major in Political Science is an excellent stepping stone to law school or a professional graduate program, like a Masters degree in Public Administration or Public Policy.

Program Structure

The requirements of the Political Science Major are designed to be met within a four-year Baccalaureate program. The Political Science Major provides 45 credits towards the 120 credits required for a UFV Bachelor of Arts degree. For more information on the Bachelor of Arts program requirements, please see the UFV Academic Calendar.

Once you are admitted to the Bachelor of Arts program and you have completed at least 30 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on all credits attempted, you may make an appointment with an advisor in the Arts Advice Centre to complete the declaration form. Appointments with the Arts Advice Centre can be booked online here.

Lower Level Requirements: 18-19 credits
‌At least 15 credits from 100/200-level Political Science courses, including POSC 110, 120, 230 and 260. One of STAT 104, STAT 106, or PSYC 110 (3-4 credits).

Upper Level Requirements: 30 credits
At least 30 credits from 300/400-level Political Science courses, including POSC 300, 311, and 312, and one of POSC 410, 420, 430, or 460.

Note 1: Students can apply a maximum of one Directed Studies courses (three credits from POSC 490, 491, 492, 493 or 494) towards the Political Science major.

Note 2: Students may substitute up to three upper-level Political Science credits with the following courses: PHIL 310, PSYC 368, or CRIM 335.

For Political Science course descriptions, please see the UFV Academic Calendar. For more information regarding the major, please contact the Political Science department assistant at (604)557-4035 or via email at

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