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Expand your learning with co-op

Combine your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience and put what you are learning into practice. Paula Rasmussen (right) is working on the BC Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Co-operative education
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Discover your edge in political science

Political science at UVic offers a range of options that let you study what you're most passionate about, like Cate White, an honours student studying alternative political and legal theories.

Undergraduate studies
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Careers in political science

Alumni like Robin Gagne (right) are making an impact. Robin is a community planning advisor combining his political science education with his passion for the environment.

Co-op student's work makes a difference

A vibrant community of graduate students

Originally from Iran, PhD candidate Mehdi Hashemi appreciates the welcoming and diverse environment he’s found at UVic. Our graduate students are examining critical issues having an impact around the world.

Graduate studies
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Study what you're passionate about

Professors like Dr. Matt James teach courses that address topics including Indigenous politics, minority rights and identity, migration and refugee movements, human security and international law.

Our programs
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Power of social movements

Social movements and youth politics have an impact. Our research looks at these topics through different lenses: mass media, multiculturalism, indigenous nationalisms and gender.

Our research

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We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Critical thinking in action

Political science is the study of power, authority and governance in human affairs. We examine the social, economic, cultural, historical, geographical and other forces that generate conflicts in and between societies.

Do you want to understand how decisions are made at different levels of government? Are you curious about how social justice issues affect you and the world?

Join us and learn how to evaluate different points of view and think critically about the world around you.

Find your Edge in UVic's Department of Political Science

Canadian Political Science Association Reconciliation Statement on Inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.