Political Science

Do you want to make a difference and help create a better world? Political Science is fundamentally concerned with power. Who has power? The Prime Minister? Big business? Media? The people? How can citizens challenge existing policies and power inequalities? Should they vote? Join advocacy groups? Take to the streets?


The Political Science program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a minor, a certificate in African studies, and three joint majors. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for Political Science

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Political Science or (available only in Fall) Political Sci - 1st yr Surrey


You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Author
  • Campaign Staff
  • Community Worker
  • Customs Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Financial/Economic Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Police Officer
  • Political Advisor
  • Political Consultant
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Researcher
  • Teacher