2018 - 2019

Political science is the systemic study of politics through examinations of the structures and operations of government, public opinion, political parties, elections, the ways in which governments interact and how that shapes policies. At Memorial, political science teaching and research is its strongest in public policy, European politics and international politics. Students may choose to pursue a concentration in either Canadian government or global studies; co-operative education is also an option. 



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first POSC major courses POSC 1000 and POSC 2100. Consider taking POSC 1001 as a CRW requirment.  

Explore POSC concentrations in Canadian Government or Global Studies.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regeulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

 

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take POSC 2800, 3010 and two POSC courses numbered x2xx and/or x3xx.

Explore co-operative education through the department of Political Science.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take one of  POSC x6xx and/or x8xx (in addition to POSC 2800). Take 3 courses in POSC at the 3000 level or above. 

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulation, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

 

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take two POSC courses at the 4000 level plus one POSC course at any level. 

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

 

STUDY TIPS

 

  • Begin your degree workplan with the Academic Advising Centre
  • Be an active student; carefully examine your course syllabus, attend class, participate, ask questions, and visit instructors during office hours
  • Improve your writing skills, avoid plagiarism, and maintain academic integrity with the help of the Writing Centre
  • Utilize Etips - a student-led resource for POSC students 
  • Study tips, personal and group counselling are available at the Counselling Centre
  • Seek support for disabilities, illnesses, mental health or temporary illnesses, and injuries through the Blundon Centre
  • Explore the study tips for years two through four - any tip is always helpful

 

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors

CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event and Political Science society mixer.

Attend Political Science speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Canadian Political Science Students Association (CPSSA).

Think globally about your academic involvement through the International Political Science Students Association (IPSSA)

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Explore Harlow opportunities and exchanges through the University of Limerick (Ireland) and the University of Uppsala (Sweden).

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

Royle melissa  office bkgd   2  1 Melissa Royle graduated from Memorial with a BA (Hons) in political science and studied law at the University of Toronto. She currently practices at the firm Benson Buffett, focusing on commercial and civil litigation. Melissa is also currently actively involved with the St. John’s Board of Trade and the Canadian Bar Association, and is a political commentator on CBC radio.
 
What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?
I think I would be proud of my position, and curious as to whether I enjoy it (I do!).
 
What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

I knew I wanted to study political science, but was not entirely sure what I wanted to do afterwards – law, academia, journalism. I spoke to as many people in each field as I could, participated in many relevant extra-curricular activities at Memorial and decided to pursue law.
 
What resources did you use while at Memorial?
I did MUCEPs (on campus student part-time jobs) to gain experience and earn money, applied for every scholarship I could, and participated in many informal aspects of my degree –- attending lectures, debates and social functions.
 
Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?
Yes. I found my political science professors extremely helpful when discussing opportunities and career paths. I also met with faculty advisors to ensure I enrolled in the most relevant courses.
 
How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

Enormously. Besides aiding in my admission to law school, they prepared me for my further education and career. Networking, multitasking, confidence in professional settings were skills I developed through the Political Science Society, Global Vision, MUNSU (as Legal Aid Coordinator) and other organizations.
 
Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?
Studying constitutional law in political science affirmed my interest in law, since it was taught through legislation and case law. My Canadian politics courses and extra-curricular involvement assured me I wanted to maintain some involvement with local politics after university. Practicing law, like many careers, rewards hard work and dedication, and often has delayed gratification for your efforts. These skills are especially developed in the honours program, and become important in your professional life.
 
Did you participate in a study abroad program?
I participated in the Harlow political science program in 2006. I learned about British and EU politics, and traveled a fair bit, too.
 
What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Find the balance between studying something you’re interested in (so you’ll do well now), and something leading to a fulfilling career (so you’ll do well later). Take advantage of as many extra-curricular activities as you can, since you’ll develop skills and meet people who will help you make decisions and ensure success in your future.
 

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)