Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Political Science

Examine how government affects our lives, and gain a deeper understanding of the forces that shape law, society, the economy, and politics.

Political ScienceAssistant Professor Carey Doberstein conducts a political science class at UBC Okanagan.

What You Need to Know

Why study political science at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Foundational learning
Develop an understanding of responsible democratic and global citizenship in political science—ideal preparation for ongoing studies in law, business, politics, social work, and public administration.

Career possibilities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. A political science degree from UBC Okanagan prepares graduates for a variety of career options including diplomat, foreign aid worker, and policy advisor.

Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with their work on Asian, Canadian, European, Latin American or American politics. Our researchers are exploring fascinating topics including international security, genocide and structural violence, and gender and development policies.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in political science and develop an in-depth understanding of political systems, issues, and trends. Political science students learn to conduct research, present arguments, and work and lead effectively.

The completion of a degree in political science has long been recognized as sound preparation for a career in law, business, politics, social work, or public administration. Program graduates leave with the knowledge and skills needed to make meaningful contributions to local, national, and global endeavours.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major or minor in political science.


UBC Okanagan’s political science program offers a variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover the Government of Canada, international politics, comparative politics, and international law.

Sample courses:

  • POLI 240 – Currents of Political Thought
  • POLI 317 – Politics of Sub-Sahara Africa
  • POLI 319 – Issues in South American Politics
  • POLI 358 – Politics and Religion

Click here to browse political science courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links take you to political science program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about graduate studies in political studies.

Visit the political science homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the Bachelor of Arts degree. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Political Science studies, and explore job opportunities that include political aide, diplomat, and journalist.



  • Campaign/Elections Officer
  • Political Aide
  • Market Researcher/Analyst
  • Ombudsperson
  • Business Administrator
  • Diplomat/Embassy Officer
  • Legislative/Parliamentary Assistant
  • Journalist
  • Financial Planner/Advisor
  • Human Resources
  • Foreign Aid Worker
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Labour Relations Mediator
  • Lobbyist/Activist
  • Intelligence Agent
  • Media Analyst/Researcher
  • Policy Advisor/Researcher
  • Speech Writer
  • Labour Organizer/Negotiator
  • Public Relations/Communications Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • International Projects Leader
  • Public Affairs Manager
  • Financial/Economic Analyst
  • Social Policy Program Officer
  • Customs Officer
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Market Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst

Potential Employers

  • Legal firms
  • Academic institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Economic development agencies

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. Students may build an individualized program supervised by a political science department faculty member.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s political science program:
Lyndon Duncan

Lyndon Duncan

Student experience: “I would love to be on the other side giving back to an institution that has given so much to me.”

Carey Doberstein

Carey Doberstein, UBC Professor

“We are always debating. It is politics, after all.”

Andrew Mortenson

Andrew Mortenson, UBC Alumnus

“UBC helped me figure out what I wanted to do, despite the fact that I thought I already knew.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the International Relations program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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