Political Studies

The small class sizes, interactive student-professor relationships and breadth of programming that Political Studies at Trent is known for make it easy to develop new skills and individualize your degree.

Politics shape everything society touches, influencing what we believe, how we live and what we do to create order in a chaotic world. In this program, you’ll learn to make a positive impact through shaping and influencing social policy, focusing on Canadian politics, world politics and political theory. You’ll find yourself debating and exploring ideas surrounding democracy and global politics, closely examining power relations and relationships between state, business, and citizens.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough


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  • Apply your learning to the real world through a community engagement project or political internship
  • Get published – complete a fourth-year thesis under the supervision of expert faculty who are leaders in the field
  • Go global and internationalize your degree (and experience) through a study abroad opportunity
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"Political studies is an amalgamation of Canadian Studies, International Development Studies, and Philosophy"

Clara Reeves

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Policy Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Media Consultant
  • Civil Servant
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Politician
  • Political Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Consultant

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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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