Program Information

School: Cape Breton University
Faculty: School of Arts and Social Sciences
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Political Science and Government, General
Description: Political Science is a constantly evolving field of study, fascinating in its diversity and rich in academic tradition. In a world of multiple challenges such as global warming, social and economic inequality, racism, violence, political apathy and the hollowing out of democracy, political scientists are called upon to examine and challenge the groups, systems and institutions that perpetuate injustice and to explore the opportunities for constructive intervention and social reform. Our department approaches these challenges from several angles including public policy, institutional reform, law and social activism. Firmly grounded in the Liberal Arts, our discipline is concerned with providing students with the analytical tools and critical thinking skills to constructively contribute to their communities and the broader society.

The Department of Political Science offers a variety of courses in the fields of Canadian and International Politics. Our concentration areas include Canadian Politics and Government; Local and Regional Politics; Public Administration and Public Policy; Government Relations with Business and Civil Society; Law, Human Rights and Social Justice; International Political Economy; and Political Theory. In our courses, we explore the ideas and institutions that shape our political world with an aim to understand the role of the individual, of social groups and of nations in building a more just and ecologically sustainable future. All department members are actively engaged in community,regional, national and international service activities that shape and inform their teaching.

URL: Political Science (BA) at Cape Breton University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $17,024

This cost estimate is based on students taking five full-year undergraduate-level courses.

Careers: Intelligence Officers

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Cape Breton University has strong relationships with several english language partners including, International Centre EAP, English School of Canada (ESC), EC English Language School and ILAC. If your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentation to show that CBU’s English language proficiency requirements have been met. If you have completed at least two years in a secondary school (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation, however, is needed. If you have completed at least 30 credit hours (or equivalent) at a post-secondary institution (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation is required.