MinorMinor in Public Leadership
New in Fall 2017! This minor is intended to provide students with a strong theoretical, practical and applied understanding of leadership and the role that political and/or public actors can play in the public domain of both democratic and non-democratic states to achieve their policy goals, affect positive social change and impact the policy choices of governments. Students will be prepared for further studies or careers in politics, government, public policy, community organization and activism, education, human rights and law.
This minor is intended to provide students with a strong theoretical, practical and applied understanding of leadership and the role that political and/or public actors can play in the public domain of both democratic and non-democratic states to achieve their policy goals, affect positive social change and impact the policy choices of governments. Students will be prepared for further studies or careers in politics, government, public policy, community organization and activism, education, human rights and law.
Students will select courses from the Faculty of Social Sciences that address these themes, developing a strong interdisciplinary grasp on the different concepts of leadership and their application to different policy and public environments. Beyond the required courses, students will be able to select from a wide variety of courses that cater to their own interests.
It is the student’s responsibility to check carefully for prerequisites, co-requisites and enrolment restrictions of all courses in this list. Students are encouraged to speak to their Faculty advisors about Faculty-specific rules about double-counting courses for the minor.
24 units total
3 Units Foundations of Public Policy, Public Administration and Public Service
- POL SCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
3 Units Leadership and Leadership Practices
- POL SCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
- SOC SCI 2LC3 – Leadership and Communications for the Not-For-For Profit Sector
- SOC SCI 3EL3 – Leadership Through Experiential Learning
6 Units Spaces, Places and Needs for Public Leadership
- POL SCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
- POL SCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
- POL SCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
- RELIG ST 2ER3 - Religion, the Body, and the Machine
- RELIG ST 2VR3 - Violence and Religion
12 Units Other Aspects of Leadership
- POL SCI 3BB3 - Political Communication
- POL SCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
- POL SCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North and South
- POL SCI 3F03 - Contemporary Social Movements and Popular Coalitions
- POL SCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
- POL SCI 3J03 – Canadian Politics and Public Policy
- POL SCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship
- POL SCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
- POL SCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
- POL SCI 3V03 - Gender and Politics
- POL SCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
- POL SCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
- POL SCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector: Implementation of Policies
- POL SCI 4O06 – Canadian Politics
If you are enrolled in a four- or five-level program (with the exception of the Medical Radiation Sciences program which is a three-level program offered over a four-year period), you are eligible to obtain a Minor in Public Leadership. Please note that in order to declare a Minor in Justice, Law and Order, at least 12 units (above Level I) must be elective to the degree.
In the final year of your program, when you complete your profile in the online Graduation Information Centre, you must indicate your desire to receive a Minor in the chosen subject. The Faculty Reviewing Committee will verify that the requirements have been met. If you are successful, your transcript will contain a designation for Minor in that area.
Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards
All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.
Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.
Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.
Parliamentary Internship Programs
They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc. We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available. If not, then in the future we should. This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.
Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2017-18 Term)
Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2017-18 Term)
January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.
Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.
An academic advisor can assist you with:
- Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
- Program selection, application and changes
- Studying abroad
- Transfer credits
- Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
- Appeals procedures
- Referral to other campus services
Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.
- For more information:
Department of Political Science
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
- Required Credential:
- Enrolment in an Honours program.
- Program Type:
- Course based
- Program Options:
- Full-time, Part-time
- Typical Entry:
- January, September
- Current Deadline: