Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science

At a glance

  • Credential: degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Next start: monthly

Navigate the intricate world of power, governance, and societal change with Athabasca University's Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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About Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science

Political science is the study of power, authority, and governance in human affairs. In today’s world, these areas are rapidly changing and becoming more complex, with a range of public, private, and non-governmental institutions involved in governing and steering society.

Athabasca University’s political science program will help you better understand:

  • the nature and sources of power and authority
  • the impact of globalization on society and government
  • how decisions are made within your own and other societies
  • how current events fit into broader institutional, political and social contexts

Designed to sharpen your critical thinking, our program delves into vital topics like the dynamics of power and authority, the ripple effects of globalization, and the intricacies of decision-making across various societies.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for the 4-year program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Program details


In Athabasca University's political science program, you'll delve deep into the mechanisms of power, authority, and governance, gaining a nuanced understanding of how decisions are made at various levels of society. From the impact of globalization to the intricacies of domestic and international political systems, the program equips you with the tools to analyze current events within broader social and institutional contexts and:

  • broaden your perspective on local and global affairs.
  • encourage community and social involvement.
  • prepare you for lifelong learning and occupational diversity.

Routes and options

The Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Major is an online 4-year degree program. There are no set start dates – you can enrol at any time and register for courses right away.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Major (4-year online degree)

  • A 4-year degree fully prepares students for most graduate programs.
  • The 4-year BA program allows you to pursue either a double major or a minor.
    • Double majors must meet the requirements for both majors, which may restrict course selection or require additional credits above the 120 required for the BA.
    • You should talk to an academic advisor about your program and courses if you’re considering a double major.
    • To earn a minor you must complete 30 credits in that subject area.
  • List of minors:
    • Anthropology
    • Canadian Studies
    • English
    • French
    • Global Studies
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Inclusive Education
    • Labour Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Economy
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Sociology
    • Women's and Gender Studies
Note: AU does not offer an Honours BA.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 4 years of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education or significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This could mean fewer courses to get your AU degree.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits at AU.

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