Take the first step toward a career as a lawyer, journalist, teacher, lobbyist and more with an Associate of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Political science explores political systems and how they evolve, compete and interact. It examines how those systems affect us and vice versa, and how politics affect the daily lives of citizens at the local, national and international levels.
In this program, you’ll explore how countries around the world are governed, and gain insight into Canada’s role on the global stage. You’ll develop critical-thinking and research skills through discussion and analysis of everything from history, to journalism, to economics, to political ideologies. You’ll also examine political controversies that raise ethical issues in the public life and political choices of public officials.
An Associate of Arts Degree in Political Science can lead to a Political Science Major or Minor Bachelor of Arts Degree program at a university. Many universities prefer candidates with an Associate Degree and will accept students at a lower grade point average. In most cases, this degree will allow you to transfer to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at other universities.
To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Political Science, students must complete:
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any BC college:
* English courses include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the BC Research Universities (SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UVIC or UNBC) as English credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course so-named. For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences," check the Associate of Arts degree graduation checklist. Economics courses are Arts courses. Arts courses may also include Mathematics courses.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC, or UVIC).
For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.
Co-operative Education Option:
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.