University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs

Political Studies

Department of Political Studies, College of Social Science.

The Department of Political Studies offers courses across the full range of the discipline of Political Science; grouped together into three fields including Political Theory and Analysis, Canadian Government/Public Policy and Administration and Comparative Policies/International Relations. A brochure describing each of these fields and containing further course information is available from the departmental office. The Department of Political Studies also participates in several interdisciplinary programs, including Canadian Studies, European Studies, and International Development Studies.

Students taking courses in Political Studies may enrol initially in 78-115, 78-140, 78-150, the latter 2 courses providing overview and introductory treatments of particular interest to students who wish to take higher level courses in the department but who do not intend to specialize in the discipline. For students intending to pursue a general or honours specialization in Political Studies, however, 78-115 is a required prerequisite for higher level courses.

Courses at the 200 level provide students with essential grounding in specific areas of the discipline and are normally prerequisite for enrolment in 300 and 400 level courses. Students in the honours program major are required to take 78-365, The Systematic Study of Politics. This course is also strongly recommended for students in the honours program minor.

In addition to the requirements set out in the B.A. Program Regulations, the Department of Political Studies requires that students pursuing general and honours programs successfully complete a core requirement of 5 courses and meet specific distribution requirements as follows:

Political Studies Core Requirements

  1. 78-115, 78-200, 78-230
  2. 78-208 or 78-210
  3. 78-220 or 78-225

General Program Area of Concentration

A minimum of 10 Political Studies courses is required, including:

  1. the core requirement (5 courses)
  2. five additional courses, at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level or above

Honours Program Major

A minimum of 18 Political Studies courses is required, including:

  1. the core requirement (5 courses)
  2. 78-365
  3. at least one 300 level course in each of the 3 fields in the department
  4. four courses at the 400 level, including the 78-497/78-498 Honours Thesis sequence.

Honours Program Minor

A minimum of 10 Political Studies courses is required, including:

  1. the core requirement (5 courses);
  2. 78-365;
  3. one course must be at the 400 level.

The Department of Political Studies offers a comprehensive counselling service for students in Political Studies. As part of their program, the department also permits students to include 1 course towards the general degree and 2 courses towards the honours degree from an approved list of courses offered by other departments.

Students are encouraged to consult with the departmental advisor for either of these programs about course selection, substitution of courses offered by other departments, or other matters.

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts--B.A.

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