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Welcome to the Department of Political Science

Message from the Chair

Everyone has an opinion on politics! This has never been more true than in today’s turbulent political landscape. This is why you see many op-ed pieces, as well as academics from across all disciplines writing on political issues. But having an opinion is different from having an informed opinion. Our BA programs in Political Science and Public Law & Judicial Studies, and our MA degrees in Political Science and International Relations provide students with the knowledge needed to navigate, understand and critically analyze events in Canada and around our fast changing global world. Our degree programs build analytical, communication, and real-world problem solving skills. And they give students the skills and knowledge to operate in a range of fascinating careers – including law, political advocacy and analysis, journalism, international governance, among many others. At the PhD level, we are training a future generation of political scientists and policy makers, who can provide informed interpretations of world events, educate the next generation of students, and make important contributions to public and private governance

Cutting-edge research that informs teaching

Across all of our degree programs, our curriculum engages with challenging contemporary issues including social and health policy, Indigenous self-governance and redressing past wrongs, the contemporary refugee crisis, border politics, climate change, Trump’s America, international conflict and security, rising authoritarianism, and much more. Our instructors are passionate about their subject matter. They are engaged in cutting-edge research that informs their teaching, and several have been recognized with university and national-level awards. On behalf of all the Department's members, I welcome you to explore our website, and learn more about our programs of study, and what our faculty and students are up to.

Karen Bird,
Department of Political Science Chair & Professor

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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

Whether you are a current or future student at McMaster considering Political Science as an undergraduate degree or taking only one course for interest, you will find that our Department offers an undergraduate curriculum that is both diverse in scope and high in quality.

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Graduate Program

Graduate Programs

Our Department is the ideal place to do Master's and Doctoral work. We offer the range of specialized seminars needed for strong graduate-level training, but are a small and collegial department so that students and faculty experience the type of intellectual interaction, supervision, and research collaboration that makes graduate work exciting!

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