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Degree Requirements

Regulations effective September 1, 2017.

The overall requirements for the B.A. with concentration in Political Economy and the B.A. major in Political Economy are outlined below.

Degree Outlines

B.A. concentration in Political Economy:

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 3-year BA with Concentration:

  1. 60 Political Economy major credits outlined below.
  2. A minimum of 15 credits in designated Political Economy concentration core courses. It is strongly recommended that students complete these courses at the beginning of the program.
  3. A minimum of 15 credits in one of the two Political Economy areas of focus. Students must take at least one course from Economics, Political Economy, and Political Science.
  4. A minimum of 12 credits from the designated Political Economy general electives courses.
  5. 18 remaining elective credits selected from: Communication Studies (CMNS); Global Studies (GLST); Governance (GOVN); History (HIST); Information Systems (INFS); Labour Studies (LBST), Industrial Relations (IDRL); Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST); Indigenous Studies (INST).

B.A. major in Political Economy:

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. 60 Political Economy major credits outlined below including a minimum of 36 senior (300 or 400) level credits from major courses (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
  2. 15 credits in required core courses.
  3. 21 credits in one of the two Political Economy areas: Global Political Economy or Canadian Political Economy.
  4. 12 credits from the designated elective Political Economy major courses.
  5. 12 credits from the Political Economy designated elective program courses in Communications (CMNS), Global Studies (GLST), Governance (GOVN), History (HIST), Information Systems (INFS), Labour Studies (LBST), Industrial Relations (IDRL), Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST), and Indigenous Studies (INST).
  6. Students may transfer in a maximum of 30 credits of courses applicable to the requirements of the major.

Course Categories

The Core courses provide students a solid grounding in the disciplines constitutive of political economy, including politics, economics and integrative courses in political economy. The courses in the Focus Areas firmly ground students in fundamental areas of the new political economy (e.g. government, trade, investment, information, environment, and development). 

The Elective courses provide interdisciplinary breadth and depth to this applied liberal arts degree program. The overall flexible structure allows students to be skilled further in "cultural studies" broadly conceived, social policy and social theory. The Elective Programs are based on the view that to have a solid foundation in political economy, students must have some academic depth in history, labour studies and "diversity," particularly given the changing demographics of the Canadian polity and global community and the workforce.

The Unspecified Options enable students with accredited University Certificates or College Diplomas to transfer those credits into the degree program.

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Updated March 10 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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