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Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Political Science at Dalhousie University

When you think about post-secondary education, do international studies, political science or government administration cross your mind? The Program Spotlight series of articles will review selected college and university programs geared to those exploring education and career options in international relations and/or government.

Situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University is one of Canada’s leading universities in terms of academics and research. Dalhousie’s Political Science program allows students to explore core subject areas such as Canadian politics and international relations. Additionally, students are able to customize their learning, to include courses that align with their areas of interest. Each year of study provides students with a different learning experience. A theoretic foundation is built in the first year, and afterwards students are able to specialize. Some examples of courses are as follows:

Political Science students at Dalhousie also have the opportunity to participate in study abroad and exchange programs to enhance their learning. This is facilitated through Dalhousie Student Exchange Services (DSES), and their International Centre. In terms of exchange opportunities, Political Science students can study at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. This exchange program allows for students to take courses in completion of their Dalhousie Political Science degree.

In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, small class sizes, and international opportunities, Dalhousie students are able to support and/or undertake academic research. Faculty members have various specializations in topics such as international security, diplomacy, climate politics, intergovernmental relations, and human rights. The Political Science program is also connected to research centres such as:

This centre was created in 1971, and their research initiatives are centered on the three following areas: Global Challenges, Canadian and Comparative Foreign Policy, and Maritime Security. In terms of publications, the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie publishes journals and articles such as the Canadian Naval Review and New Issues in Security.

This Centre of Excellence was created in 2006, and its research focuses on policy issues that impact both Canada and Europe. Through offering courses, conferences, study tours and guest speakers, EUCE allows for students to learn more about the EU. In addition, the EUCE offers scholarships and awards such as the EUCE Essay Award.

Final thoughts

What can you do with this degree? According to the university, graduates of this program have found career opportunities in politics, law, journalism and business. In addition, because students are equipped with knowledge in governance and social affairs, as well as skills in research, writing, and analysis, students may go on to complete graduate studies.

Do you want to learn more? Take a look at what some current students have to say about Dalhousie’s Political Science program, or check out their program overview for more information!


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Jeyolyn Christi
Jeyolyn Christi is a registered social service worker and a Master of Public Service graduate who has experience working in non-profit organizations, government, and international development. Her research and professional interests lie in refugee resettlement, community development, government administration, and project management.