Political science

Make a difference and help create a better world. Explore existing policies and power inequalities and question the status quo. How do citizens challenge power inbalances and ineffective policies? How can nations work together to face global challenges like climate change, terrorism, and inequality?

Political science is the study of systems of government and the analysis of political activity and behaviour. How can we create a more inclusive society and respond to the dynamic issues in today's fast-paced world?

About political science

To help you achieve your academic and career goals, political science at Simon Fraser University is built around five core learning streams:

  • Diversity and migration
  • Justice and law
  • Public policy and democratic governance
  • Diplomacy, defence and development
  • Research methods and analysis

Enhance your educational experience with our new NATO summer field school in Brussels and Rome, our ever-expanding co-operative education opportunities, or a study abroad opportunity.

The department also offers a specialized French Language Cohort program in public and international affairs, as well as joint programs with economics, gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, history, and French. Don’t forget to check out the African Studies certificate.

With this wealth of possibilities, you can create a political science degree tailored to your specific interests and career goals. 

Where to go from here?

A political science degree from Simon Fraser University empowers you to achieve success in today’s fast-moving and flexible job market. In our program, you will learn from award-winning teachers and develop the strong communication, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills that employers seek.

Through our five learning streams, we provide the skills that set you apart and prepare you for a range of exciting career paths, including:

  • Lawyer
  • Politics and government
  • Policy analysis
  • Social justice ddvocacy
  • Public relations
  • Campaigns and elections
  • Polling and public opinion research
  • Communications
  • Security and intelligence
  • International development officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Professor


The application deadline for fall 2020 admission is January 31, 2020.

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Programs available

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Get in touch

Got questions about political science? Please contact Courtney Apps, Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Political Science.

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