About Political Science

Political science is a fascinating and wide-ranging field, simply because our lives are affected by politics every day. Politics include not only the activities of governments and formal political institutions and actors, such as legislatures, political parties and leaders, but also the political forces in society, in our everyday lives. Politics is about power relations. The discipline of Political Science explores power relations in these broad and ever changing political realms. The study of Political Science combines both theory and practice, helping us to both think about, and act, in the world.

Why Study Political Science?

An education in Political Science can be both rewarding and empowering. Here you can learn about the world. Historical developments, contemporary concerns, and upcoming issues start to make more sense and take on new meaning. As a result, the study of Political Science provides insights into local and global problems. It helps you to expand your horizons and develop your critical awareness. It also prepares you to participate in, and even help to address, an array of political challenges.

What Can You Do With a Political Science Degree?

A degree in Political Science provides an exceptional grounding for many careers. Some potential choices are:

  • Pursuing graduate degrees in Political Science, Public Administration, Business or Law
  • Entering the field of International Affairs
  • Pursuing public service work in local, provincial or federal government, or in international organizations
  • Securing employment in the private sector
  • Working in the not-for-profit sector, in non-governmental organizations at home and abroad
  • Setting up a consulting firm
  • Being a researcher or writer
  • Entering the publishing industry
  • Becoming an educator

People like to hire Political Science graduates because they are creative and know how to think critically. They are aware of the nature and scope of political problems. Their degree has nurtured the development of analytical, research, writing and interpersonal skills. All of these are valuable and desirable qualities, and make Political Science graduates highly employable.

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Faculty of Arts
Department of Political Science
Mailing address:
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3