Instructions for 400 Level

Attention: 4th year POL Majors and Specialists

The POL Major program requires all students to have at least a 0.5 credit at the 400-level and POL Specialist at least 1.0 credit at the 400-level. To best match up the available classes with students’ preferences and to ensure that you can complete your POL program requirements in order to graduate in June 2024, we need you to rank in order your preferred 400 –level courses.

Between June 1 and June 19, 2023, please go to and rank your course preference. Login will be based on your UTORid. The site will be open and available until June 19, 2023. You can modify your course preferences/ranking anytime from June 1 and June 19, 2023.

A Guide to Using Course Match (POL Students)

Course descriptions and instructors’ information are available on the Department’s website at

Please Note:

  • In order to maximize your chances of securing a place in a POL course (Majors need 0.5 FCE; Specialists need 1.0 FCE) from your list of preferences, you are strongly advised by the Department to select the maximum number of course preferences.
  • All students must ensure they have the required prerequisites by the end of August 2023 for the courses they have ranked in their preferences. Do not assume that being able to register in a 400-level course means that you have satisfied the prerequisites.
  • Prerequisites are not checked at the time of course enrolment however prerequisites will subsequently be checked by the Department in September and January and students enrolled in courses for which they do not have the published prerequisites in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar Political Science | Academic Calendar ( may have their registration in those courses cancelled by the instructor at any time.
  • The Department will not be able to assist you if you were assigned a space in a course for which you lacked the prerequisites and were subsequently removed from that course.
  • There is no guarantee you will receive your preferred course(s). The system will attempt to most optimally match up students’ preferences with the available slots but there are many students to accommodate.
  • Students will be enrolled into their assigned course(s) on ACORN immediately before registration begins on July 10, 2023.

Students who have completed the required number of 400-level courses needed for POL program completion, or have less than 14 FCEs by the end of August 2023, will not have access to the website to rank course preference.

Starting July 10, 2023, students may request to enroll (space permitting) or waitlist courses on ACORN. However please note that almost all POL 400-level courses are offered as joint undergraduate – graduate seminars, with class size approximately 20-25 students. If you are more than #3 on the waitlist for POL 400-level courses, it is unlikely you will be able to enroll in the course and you may want to look at other options.