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Global Political Studies

Specialized Honours BA Program

The Specialized Honours Program in Global Political Studies (GPS) provides students with the skills required to analyze global political forces, as well as giving them a broad and liberal education. The GPS Program provides an excellent background for future public service work abroad, especially when combined with selected courses in the Public Policy and Administration Program. As well, the GPS Program is useful for anyone who hopes to find private sector employment in a job dealing with international issues, or for anyone who hopes to pursue graduate studies in international relations or comparative world politics.

Program Requirements (60 credits)

  • AS/POLS 1000 6.0;
  • AS/POLS 2900 6.0;
  • AS/POLS 2910 6.0;
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0;
  • 15 credits chosen from the 3200 series or 4200 series of courses, including at least six credits from the 4200 series;
  • three credits chosen from the 3400 series of courses;
  • three credits chosen from the 3500 series of courses;
  • six credits chosen from the 4400 or 4500 series of courses;
  • three additional credits chosen from the 3400, 3500, 4400, or 4500 series of courses;
  • AS/POLS 4985 6.0.

Recommended Courses

It is strongly recommended that students take AS/ECON 1000 3.0 and AS/ECON 1010 3.0.

Optional Specialty

Students may wish to specialize in areas such as development studies, post-communist studies, area studies, peace and security, or international political economy for the purposes of preparing for graduate school or for a particular employment goal. These students should consult the program coordinator to seek advice about appropriate course selection.

Note: Faculty of Arts legislation requires that, in order to obtain an Honours BA (120 credits), students must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits at the 4000 level in each Honours major or Specialized Honours major.

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