Academic Programs - Undergraduate

Politics

When you study politics, you will focus on the pressing problems of our times and the potential for changing them.

Skills for action

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Do you want to understand power, culture, law, policy, and government in Canada and around the world? Acadia’s Department of Politics offers courses that develop the analytical skills, theories, and knowledge you will need. Our courses engage with contemporary issues such as Indigenous politics, environment, development, and media.

We offer courses in five subfields:

  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Global Politics/International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy

You can connect what you learn in class with the politics outside the classroom by attending events throughout the year. Every event is documented in your “Politics Passport.” Awards are given to students who attend the most events.

A politics degree will equip you with the skills to participate actively in shaping our complex and changing world. Studying politics will prepare you for a broad range of careers in Canada and abroad. You will gain skills you can put into action. You will learn how to turn your knowledge about the contemporary world into political projects. You will see ways to change the world for the better.

First Year at a Glance

Term 1

  • POLS 1303
    Law/Politics & Government
  • ENGL 1413
    Writing & Reading Critically 1
  • LANG 1xx3
    Language other than English
  • HUMANITIES 1xx3
    Introductory humanities course
  • SCIENCE 1xx3
    Introductory science course

Term 2

  • POLS 1403
    Global Politics, Law and Culture
  • ENGL 1423
    Writing & Reading Critically 2
  • LANG 1xx3
    Language other than English
  • HUMANITIES 1xx3
    Introductory humanities course
  • SCIENCE 1xx3
    Introductory science course

Future Careers

  • Academic and industrial research
  • Activism
  • Armed forces
  • Business
  • Charitable work
  • Community services
  • Consulting
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Filmmaking
  • Government (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • International development
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Policy analysis
 

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