Meisel Gate near Mackintosh-Corry Hall. Photo Credit: Lindsey Morey
成人大片 Model Parliament in the House of Commons (credit:
成人大片 Fall 2023 Convocation - PhD graduate hooding
Field Research in Ghana (credit: Dr. Andrew Grant)
2023 Fall Convocation - MA graduates with former Prime Minister Joe Clark
2023 John Meisel Lecture at Grant Hall (Photo credit: Jana Chytil)
Maryam Monsef visits with students in POLS 280 (Introduction to Women, Gender, and Politics). (Credit: Rachel Lang)

Welcome to the Department of Political Studies

Politics is about power 鈥 who has it and how it is exercised by nation-states, individuals, groups, classes, or political parties, and how different interests are reconciled in and between communities. Political science is also concerned with institutions created to govern communities, as well as practices such as voting habits or protests, and how rules, behaviour, and culture are created in societies. And since power in society is often dependent upon material resources, political scientists study the distribution of wealth, both within and between nations. 

As one of Canada鈥檚 premier departments of political science, the Department of Political Studies at 成人大片 is committed to both research and teaching. Our faculty are actively engaged in a wide range of research activities and projects and are highly visible in the discipline of political science both in Canada and abroad. Our undergraduate program, one of the most popular programs at Queen鈥檚, provides students with a solid grounding in political science, and at the graduate level, we offer the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy in:

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Upcoming Events

September 2024 Departmental Meeting




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2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

September 2024 Departmental Meeting

First Departmental Meeting of the 2024/2025 Academic Year

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Queen鈥檚 University is situated on the territories of the and . The Department of Political Studies acknowledges the ancestral holders and owners of this territory and land and we are grateful to be allowed to live and learn here. For information on the history of this land, and why it is important to acknowledge the land and its people, please visit the . 

To learn about the territory on which your home is situated and to learn about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada, the app assists users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada.

The Department of Political Studies is proud to support the recommendations of Yakwanastahent茅ha Aankenjigemi Extending the Rafters: Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Report, as well as the Report of the Principal鈥檚 Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion.