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Politics at uOttawa

What is Political Science degree like at uOttawa? I’m looking to do either an English/French degree or something more like Political Science, I haven’t made up my mind yet. I was wondering what it’s like

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  1. It's pretty much the same as taking pol sci at any other university. Mainly lecture-style courses, lots of essay writing. It's not like you're going to have regular visits from MPs and sit in on the House of Commons just because you're studying in Ottawa. Just make sure you have a clear plan on what you're going to do afterward with this degree because it's useless by itself.

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  2. I would respectfully disagree with the previous commenter. I have found that going to school at uOttawa has opened many doors for me on Parliament Hill that I would not have at any other school in Canada. Being in Ottawa allowed me and many of my peers to volunteer for Members of Parliament and interact with politicians and policy-makers in high-profile portfolios through speaker series and socials. No matter if you choose to be partisan or remain neutral, organizations like the University of Ottawa Young Liberals, University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives, iVote/jeVote, IPPSSA (the Political Science student association on campus) and more give opportunities to see firsthand how federal politics function. It really depends on how willing you are to get involved, and surround yourself with political action. You definitely could coast through a Political Science degree at uOttawa without meeting a single MP, or going to Parliament Hill even one time, but if you put in a modicum of effort you have the opportunity to be exposed to so much more relevant experience that will make you very competitive in the job market when you graduate.

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  3. You really can't do much with just an undergraduate political science degree no matter how much you try to network and get involved. I went to Queen's and most of my peers are working in unrelated fields, have went on to do masters degrees and gathered more debt, and some are in law school. I would choose the cheapest option for you if you are going into social sciences and humanities because you have to be prepared to pursue graduate school afterward.

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