Political Science


Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behaviour. You can study politics from a range of perspectives – from theory, philosophy, ideology and economy, to policy studies and analysis, comparative politics and international relations. 

Political Science is an excellent major if you’re interested in learning how groups of people govern themselves, how policies are made, and how we can improve our government policies at the local, state, national, and international levels. 


Political scientists use humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools, along with different methodological approaches, to examine the processes, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world. The Political Science major serves as an excellent stepping stone for fields like business and law, or for a future career in politics.

You could become a:  

  • Diplomat 
  • Political Scientist 
  • Political Consultant  
  • Government Official  
  • Policy Analyst 

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Student Experience

Women in House is a two-day trip to Ottawa, during which participants take a tour of Parliament, hear individual speakers, attend panel discussions, as well as shadow a female MP or Senator. The purpose of the program is to foster a desire for political involvement in and enthusiasm for Canadian politics among McGill women. Less than half of the House of Commons and Senate have women representations. Therefore, the Women in House program aims to give female students the unique opportunity to learn from and have one-on-one interaction with Canada’s female political leaders.  

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

 Complimentary Minors include:  

Related majors

Related Majors include:  

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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