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Politics and Governance - BA (Hons)

Is it for you?

The study of politics and governance questions the role of government in society and how it relates to social justice, democracy, citizenship and human rights; who decides local, national and international policy; and how decisions are reached and conflicts resolved.

This program offers:

  • In-class simulations
  • Community projects
  • Research design and analysis
  • Field experience and placement opportunities
  • International exchange programs

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to critically analyze and address our social, economic, environmental and governmental challenges, and help society navigate our increasingly complex world.

This is one of 10 bachelor of arts programs that share a one-year foundation.

Double major options available after first year: Politics and Governance and Criminology, Politics and Governance and History, or Politics and Governance and Sociology.

As well, at the end of your first year, you may apply for the Politics and Governance Co-op BA.

Program info

Faculty of Arts

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year
5-Year Co-op

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Grade range: 
Low 70s1


Experiential learning: 
Co-op available

Academic requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available on the admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $7,239 - $7,264
Out-of-province students: $8,415 - $8,440
International students: $35,075 - $35,100

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st & 2nd Semester


  • POG 100 People, Power and Politics
  • POG 110 Power and Influence in Canadian Politics
  • SSH 105 Critical Thinking
  • SSH 205 Academic Writing and Research

Your future

Use your knowledge and skills and critically analyze and address societal challenges and work for:

  • Government, non-profits and private companies in strategic or analysis roles
  • Policy and political analysis
  • Public relations
  • Issues management
  • Speech writing
  • Political campaign strategy
  • Issues management
  • Communications
  • Graduate studies or professional programs in law, education, social science, political science, public administration, public policy, business or third (non-profit) sector studies

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  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.