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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Prospective students

This dynamic and innovative program draws from the strengths of an interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in areas such as community development, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, public policy, culture, politics, economics, environment and social movements. With their guidance, you will come to understand the ways in which communities can be mobilized and policies designed to yield economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Our Political Science program offers optional specializations in Political Communication, as well as Social Justice, Globalization and Development.
Comprehensive Stream

The comprehensive program broadly surveys the field of political science and addresses the policy and social controversies, dilemmas and power relations governments and societies regularly face. Students will be able to develop an understanding of both the Canadian and global political context and are likely going to graduate school or pursue administrative roles in organizations.

Social Justice, Globalization and Development

The social justice, globalization and development specialization is unique in that it combines political science courses with selected courses that provide legal studies and criminological perspectives. This specialization is different from completing a double major because it integrates courses from three programs to provide both breadth and depth of knowledge in social justice and development issues in a globalized world. Students will gain an understanding of policy and political analysis and transmission of political knowledge which can lead to a number of exciting careers in strategy groups, policy analysis and website content creation.

Political Communication

The political communication specialization allows students to focus their studies to include selected courses in the Communication and Digital Media Studies program. The ability to communicate well is essential in a globalized world. This specialization will provide you with the communication skills and political science background to work effectively in a wide range of jobs in the government, not-for-profit and business sectors.

Our transfer programs are designed to transfer the credits earned in a college certificate or diploma program toward an undergraduate degree. The Political Science program has two transfer options, listed below. 

Advanced entry

You may be eligible for advanced entry into our Political Science program if you already have an Ontario college diploma or advanced diploma (or equivalent) in:

  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Environmental Technology
  • Paralegal
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection
  • Security and Investigation
  • Social Service Worker

Learn about admissions requirements and more to see if you qualify for Advanced Entry into our Political Science Program.

GAS transfer

If you already have an Ontario college certificate from Durham College in General Arts and Science-Liberal Arts UOIT transfer, you may be eligible to transfer into our Political Science program.

Learn about admissions requirements and more to see if you qualify for our Political Science GAS transfer