What it’s like to be a Political Science major

In high school, I developed an interest for immigration in Canada. As an immigrant myself, I was interested in the process of immigration and what types of jobs existed.

I had no idea what I should do to get to this point so I took a proactive step. This led me to speak to my Career’s  teacher and she told me that studying Political Science would be a step in the right direction. This was a big thing for me as I find it really hard to ask for help and want to do everything myself but I’m glad that I spoke to her and got the advice I needed.

Literally me

Whenever somebody asks me what you learn in Political Science, the only word I can think of is “….politics?” but it’s so much more than that. In Political Science, you take classes exploring politics in general, state politics, international relations, law, morality, etc. It forces you to think about the past, the present, and the future in terms of historical events, the politics involved, the policies enforced, and its implications. For example, in my Transnational Crime and Corruption class, we discussed cocaine smuggling into the Miami area in the 1970’s and how it ended up financing the construction of many of the modern-day high-rise buildings in Miami.

Say whaaaaaat?

Where can a major in Political Science take you? It can open the door to many government-type careers within public policy, finance, immigration, foreign services, and politics. It can also lead to careers in journalism including public relations, television and radio, print, and press. Another area is the public sector with careers such as an analyst, financial consultant, human resources specialist and many take Political Science as their undergraduate degree as a step before applying for Law School.

If you decide that Political Science is what you would like to study at Glendon, there are a few requirements that you must take within your years here. To begin, there are 4 core courses of which you must take 3. These are: Introduction to Canadian Politics, Introduction to International Relations, Birth of Politics, and Comparative Politics. Personally, I took Canadian Politics and Intro to International Relations in First Year and Birth of Politics in my second year. These were some of my favourite classes that I took at Glendon.

The Birth of Politics was a really interesting class. It was taught by David Carvounas who was incredibly approachable and made the novels we read as part of the class come alive in lecture. We were asked to read Plato, Aristotle and Socrates (There were more but they’ve escaped my brain as it was two years ago). If you’re planning on taking Political Science at Glendon or even if you have room for an elective, take this class.

My motto in life

The other Political Science classes I’ve taken, aside from the core courses, are: Government and Politics of the United States, Introduction to International Law, International Justice, International Relations through Film and Literature (Take this class!), Transnational Crime and Corruption, Media Identity and Citizenship (Keele class), Theories of Society, Topics in Law and Politics, Civil Society and International Organizations.

If you want to know any more about my experience with Political Science, tweet me @beckielhgl.

Comment and let me know if you’re interested in this program and why.

I post every Thursday, see you then!

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