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For complete details on all undergraduate program options and requirements in the Department of Political Science, pleaseĀ consult Undergraduate Student Documents.

The Department offers four types of undergraduate programs: Major Concentration, Honours and Joint Honours Programs, and Minor Concentrations. Major and Honours Programs differ in both the level of performance required and in the number of types of courses required. Effective in the Fall of 1998, the Political Science Department has introduced the following Minor Concentrations: Political Science, Canada/Quebec Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Politics, Law and Society, and South Asia.

We divide our course offerings into the following fields:

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  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics (Developed and Developing Areas)
  • International Politics
  • Political Theory


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The Department's philosophy in structuring our program is to provide an education for our students which combines both breadth and depth. Within the Political Science Program, students should acquire both a general understanding of the discipline and a degree of concentration in one or more fields.

Library Facilities

With holdings of more than five million items, the McGill network of 18 libraries is the largest in Montreal and the fourth largest in Canada.

Student Body

There are approximately 1500 undergraduate students in the department. Each year about 250 new students enroll in our undergraduate program. In addition to Canadian students, the department has educated students from all over the world, including the United States, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Note: As of Fall 2001, in addition to the completion of the Honours requirements, students must complete at least a Minor Concentration in an academic unit other than the one in which the Honours requirements are satisfied.