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Political Science

Explore citizenship, democracy, justice and law in local, national and international communities. Learn about Canada’s political history and contemporary governance at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Examine the theories and practicalities of social and economic policy, Indigenous relations, societal issues and international affairs.

Our political science degree prepares students for careers in public service, law, business and media.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Prince George
120 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Faculty Supervised Research,  Field School,  Study Abroad,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option
Jan,  May,  Sep

Program Details

Are you passionate about your local and broader communities? Do you care about national and international issues such as globalization and human rights? If you are interested in issues such as community self-governance, political science is right for you.

Political scientists study how people in groups get along. We examine theories and practices of conflict and co-operation at every level of social life. Understand how the communities to which you belong are organized and operate. 

Develop skills in critical thinking, research and communication. Study topical subjects in political philosophy, comparative politics, Canadian government and international politics.

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Career Paths

  • Local, regional or national government service
  • Law and legal services
  • Consultant to public organizations or businesses
  • Communications and administrative service
  • Public interest groups and NGO's
  • Journalism
This degree provides a strong foundation for further studies in disciplines such as social science or for professional degrees in the legal, education, journalism and business sectors. Or you can pursue your master's or PhD.

Why at UNBC

  • Learn about political philosophy, Canadian politics, international relations, comparative politics and public administration
  • Use social science methodologies to study Canada’s domestic, international and global leadership roles
  • Develop practical skills by participating in educational internships and field schools
UNBC motto

'En Cha Huná

UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, reminds us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as “respecting all forms of life,” 'En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.

Admission Requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 65% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course 
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)

Domestic Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,870 $24,770
Student Fees* $1,185 $1,185
Books* $1,700 $1,700

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid Information for Indigenous Students

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