Admission Requirements

POL Specialist, Major and Minor

The Specialist, Major and Minor programs in Political Science are Type 2 programs. Students may request these programs on ACORN after completing at least four full-course equivalents and fulfilling the admission requirements.

There are two request periods for Type 2 programs. Students who complete the required courses during the 2017-18 fall-winter sessions, may request the program during the first request period: March 1 to May 15, 2018. Results of these requests will be available on ACORN beginning July 3, 2018. Students who have been given an INVITE status on ACORN must accept the program by August 8, 2018. Students who fail to accept the Subject POSt before August 8th will forfeit their status and must re-apply during the second request period.

Students who complete the required courses during the 2018 summer session, may request the program during the second request period: July 3 – August 29, 2018. Results of these requests will be available on ACORN beginning September 13, 2018. Students who have been given an INVITE status on ACORN must accept the program before September 19, 2018. Students who fail to accept the Subject POSt by September 19, 2018 will forfeit their status and must re-apply as of March 1, 2019.

Students transferring between the POL Minor and Major/Specialist programs must complete the program change on ACORN by the deadline specified for the two request periods. Students switching between the POL Major and Specialist programs can use the “CHANGE” feature on ACORN to switch programs. The change option will be available from March 1 to September 19, 2018.

Students will have to meet the following requirements in order to be invited to the Minor program in Political Science.

Applying after first year (or four full courses or the equivalent)

Must obtain a minimum grade of 65% in one full POL course or the equivalent in half courses.

Students will have to meet the following requirements in order to be invited to the Specialist or Major programs in Political Science.

Applying after first year (or four full courses or the equivalent)

Must obtain a mark of at least 67% in POL 101Y or POL 200Y or one full POL course or the equivalent in half courses.

Applying after second year (or eight full courses or the equivalent)

Must obtain a mark of at least 70% in any two full POL courses or the equivalent in half courses.