Political Science Program

Why study Political Science?

Political science is a fascinating and wide-ranging field, touching on topics like different political structures, and how countries are governed. You’ll study governments and other political units, social justice, human rights, gender equality, conflict and security,  international development, environmental sustainability and more.

The Saint Mary’s approach

Our political science department is small, student-focused and dynamic. We offer courses on important contemporary issues as well as many opportunities for awards and exchanges, making for a rich and rewarding learning experience.

Hands-on learning

Political Science students have travelled to New York for the annual Model UN conference for course credit, participated in international exchanges with Norway, Hong Kong, Finland, France, Mexico, Japan and Uganda and worked at the Nova Scotia Legislature part-time during the school year as a legislative page.

Our students have also volunteered at the Halifax International Security Forum, attended lectures by a member of Omar Khadr’s legal team and received many academic awards, including the William J. Dalton Award for Political Science and the prestigious Homburg Mobility Award.

Sample courses offered:

  • Law and Politics
  • Politics and Globalization
  • Spying and International Politics
  • Politics and Sex
  • Canadian Foreign Policy
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Model United Nations

Future career options:

  • Political analyst
  • Politician
  • Civil servant
  • Intelligence officer
  • Lawyer
  • Diplomat
  • Political advisor

What our students are saying

“The faculty is exceptional. They really care about students and want to get the best out of them. Dr. Keeble really makes students think, not only when they are in class – the discussions continue out of the class, too. She’s really good at getting people engaged. She’s inspiring.”

- Emma Fineblit, fourth-year double major Honours Political Science and International Development Studies

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