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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – Political Science

Location: S672 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5265
Chair: A. Mukherjee-Reed
Associate Chair: TBA
Undergraduate Program Director: M. Breaugh
Distinguished Research Professors: S. Gill, L.V. Panitch
University Professors: R. Drummond, F. Fletcher, R. Rudolph
Professors: I. Bakker, A. Bayefsky, D. Dewitt, J. Hellman, S. Hellman, D. Leyton-Brown, D. McNally, A. Mukherjee-Reed, O. Subtelny, S.L. Whitworth
Associate Professors: A. Agathangelou, G. Albo, Sabah Alnasseri, R.R. Bazowski, S. Bell, S. Bohn, M. Breaugh, N. Canefe, G. Chin, G. Comninel, E. Dauphinee, S. Forsyth, S. Henders, T. Klassen, J. Krikorian, H. Lacher, R. Latham, R. Loeppky, R. MacDermid, T. Maley, E. Morera, K. Murray, D. Mutimer, S. Newman, J. Newton, J. Nitzan, D. Pilon,  S. Plekhanov, A. Porter, R. Saunders, N. Short, G. Slowey
Assistant Professors: L. Hae, H. MacRae, B. Smardon
Sessional Professor: S. Rahnema, M. Mawhinney, S. Smolnikov
Professors Emeriti: R. Albritton, N. Black, R. Cox, E. Dosman, F.J. Fletcher, B. Frolic, M.D. Goldrick  L. North, J. Saul, D. Shugarman, H. Simmons, G. Szablowski, R. Whitaker, D. Verney

The political science program is designed to develop a student’s ability in three areas: 1) Political analysis: students will learn to think critically about politics, especially in relation to the nature of government, accountability, use and abuse of power, rights and responsibilities, diversity and inclusion, and global politics; 2) Critical skills: the program develops critical skills that will be an asset for future employment, including effective written and oral communication, analytical and quantitative skills, and collaborative skills; and 3) Democratic awareness: students will learn what active citizenship entails and the possibilities of acting politically to bring about change.

The department offers a broad range of courses that focus on different themes. Students who major or minor in political science may choose to focus on one theme, or may take courses from several of the following themes. We currently offer courses in the following themes:

  • Global Politics;
  • Canadian Democracy in the North American Context;
  • Development, Inequality and the Global South;
  • Gender, Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Law, Social Justice and Ethics;
  • Political Economy ;
  • Political Thought;
  • Public Policy and Administration;
  • Violence and Security.

For more detailed information, please consult the departmental supplemental calendar or website.

Graduates of York’s Political Science program have established successful careers in areas such as: law, public service, the private sector, international agencies, advocacy organizations, the media, and active politics. Graduates of the program are also especially qualified to pursue graduate studies in political science and related disciplines in the social sciences. Visit our website to see where our graduates are today.

For specific program requirements, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Programs of Study section.

The department also offers a Specialized Honours BA degree program in Global Political Studies.

Political science is offered by the Faculties of Glendon and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.