Political Science Specialist

Completion Requirements: Political Science Specialist (ASSPE2015)

The Specialist Program in Political Science is designed to ensure that students who complete it have a good grounding in the discipline. It requires ten credits in Political Science taken as part of a twenty credits degree program.

(10.0 credits)

Of these:

  • 4.0 credits at the 300+ level including 1.0 credit at the 400 level.
  • No more than 1.0 credit of 100-level courses may be used to fulfill the program requirements.
  • No more than 1.0 credit of courses offered outside of the Department of Political Science may be used to fulfill the program requirements. See the bottom of the completion requirements section for a full list of such acceptable courses.
First Year:
Higher Years:
  1. POL200Y1
  2. 0.5 credit from: POL201H1 or POL208H1 or POL218H1
  3. POL214H1/​ ​ POL224H1
  4. 0.5 credit at the 200+ level in Canadian Politics from JPI201H1, POL220H1, POL312H1, POL312Y1, POL313H1, POL316H1, POL316Y1, POL334H1, POL336H1, POL337H1, POL337Y1, POL344H1, POL344Y1, POL351H1, POL353H1, POL356H1, POL356Y1, POL363H1, POL382H1, POL404Y1, POL428H1, POL439H1, POL450H1, POL467H1, POL474H1, POL490H1, POL491H1
    Some offerings of other POL Special Topics courses that cover Canadian politics may also be eligible as determined by the department. Please see Department’s website https://politics.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/courses/canadian-politics-co…for a full listing of Canadian politics courses.
  5. POL222H1
  6. POL232H1
  7. 1.0 credit in Diversity and Identity. The following courses fulfill the Diversity and Identity requirement: POL194H1, POL195H1, POL197H1, POL198H1, POL198Y1, JPI201H1, POL219H1 POL220H1, POL303H1, POL305H1, POL305Y1, POL310H1, JPS315H1,JPS316H1,POL325H1, POL329H1,JPA331H1, POL333H1, POL338H1, POL344H1, POL344Y1, POL348H1,POL351H1, POL353H1, POL360H1, JPR364H1, JPR365H1, JPR374H1, JPS378H1, POL418H1,POL428H1, POL432H1, POL442H1, POL444H1,POL450H1, JPA453H1,JPF456H1, JPR458H1, JPR459H1, POL467H1.
    Some offerings of other POL Special Topics courses may also be eligible as determined by the department. Please see Department’s website https://politics.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/courses/diversity-identity-p…for a full listing of Diversity and Identity courses.
  8. POL320Y1/​ POL320H1/​ POL321H1, or 0.5 credit in Quantitative Methods or Qualitative Methods at the 300+ level from: POL304H1,POL314H1, POL419H1, POL478H1
  9. Additional POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses to a total of 10.0 credits.

Students in this program have the option to complete the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream.


The groups of courses below are posted on the Department of Political Science Website https://politics.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/courses/fallwinter-timetable/

  • Political Science First-year Foundation Seminars
  • First-Year Seminars Offered by other units approved by POL
  • Canadian Politics Courses
  • Diversity and Identity Courses
  • Quantitative Methods Courses
  • Qualitative Methods Courses
  • NON-POL Courses approved for POL Program requirements

In addition to completing the above program requirements, students must also fulfill the degree requirements to graduate. Information on the degree requirements are outlined in the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Students with questions relating to the degree requirements should consult with their College Registrar.