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Minor in Political Science

MinorMinor in Political Science

6 units

Level I Political Science

18 units

Levels II, III Political Science of which up to 12 units may be Level II

If you are enrolled in a four- or five-level program (with the exception of the Medical Radiation Sciences program which is a three-level program offered over a four-year period), you are eligible to obtain a Minor in Political Science, provided that the subject area is not integral to the requirements of your degree program. You should check the calendar requirements statement for your program in the case of Science programs, or check with your Faculty in the case of other programs, for subject areas that are excluded from consideration as a Minor in your program.

In the final year of a program, to apply for a Minor, students must complete the Minor/Certificate Application in addition to their online Graduation Information Centre (GIC) application. The student’s Faculty will verify that the requirements have been met and, if successful, the transcript will indicate that a Minor has been obtained. Minors cannot be revoked once approved.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Affairs Office of the Registrar website.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

Fall / Winter 2022-2023

Undergraduate Chair 
Dr. Todd Alway

Political Science Academic Advisor
Dr. Robert O'Brien

Recruitment, Awards & Scholarship Coordinator
Dr. Nibaldo Galleguillos

Careers, Experiential & Alumni Coordinator
Dr. Lana Wylie

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Faculty of Social Sciences.


• POLSCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power
• POLSCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World
• POLSCI 2C03 - Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment
• POLSCI 2D03 - Canadian Democracy
• POLSCI 2EM3 - Political Economy and the Media
• POLSCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
• POLSCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
• POLSCI 2I03 - Global Politics
• POLSCI 2J03 - Global Political Economy
• POLSCI 2LW3 - Communication Policy and Law
• POLSCI 2M03 - Governance, Representation, and Participation in Democracies
• POLSCI 2MN3 - Reel Politics
• POLSCI 2NN3 - Politics by Design
• POLSCI 2O06 A/B - Political Theory
• POLSCI 2PF3 - Politics of Funny
• POLSCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
• POLSCI 2US3 - US Politics
• POLSCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
• POLSCI 3B03 - Honours Issues in International Relations and Global Public Policy
• POLSCI 3BB3 - Political Communication: Canada and the World
• POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
• POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
• POLSCI 3CL3 - Constitutional and Public Law in Canada
• POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
• POLSCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
• POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
• POLSCI 3GC3 - Global Climate Change
• POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism
• POLSCI 3H03 - Honours Issues in Comparative Politics
• POLSCI 3I03 - Topics in American Politics
• POLSCI 3IP3 - Intellectual Property
• POLSCI 3J03 - Honours Issues in Canadian Politics and Canadian Public Policy
• POLSCI 3JJ3 - Provincial Politics in Canada
• POLSCI 3JR3 - The Rule of Law and Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Developing World
• POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
• POLSCI 3KA3 - Indigenous Human Rights
• POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
• POLSCI 3LA3 - Religion and Politics
• POLSCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
• POLSCI 3LC3 - Southeast Asian Politics
• POLSCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
• POLSCI 3LP3 - Topics in Law and Policy
• POLSCI 3NN3 - Statistical Analysis of Primary Data
• POLSCI 3PB3 - Politics from Below
• POLSCI 3PG3 - Political Geography
• POLSCI 3PR3 - Practice of Politics
• POLSCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
• POLSCI 3RF3 - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
• POLSCI 3UU3 - Reading Course
• POLSCI 3V03 - Gender and Politics
• POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
• POLSCI 3WP3 - Working in Politics
• POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
• POLSCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector Management

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For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
Required Credential:
Enrolment in an Honours program in another discipline.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
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