First Year Students

The following information is for students considering or starting Politics at Acadia. If you need more information, please contact us:

Politics majors must take both POLS1303 and POLS1403:

  • POLS1303: Law, Politics & Government covers central concepts in political analysis and the nature of representative democracies, focusing on Canada.
  • POLS1403: Global Politics, Law and Culture explores development, war and peace, international law and justice, and social movements.

Plan to contact the head of department for course advice in March. Here are some starters for planning your second year:

  • You need 24h in a minor - don't forget the Multidisciplinary option.
  • You need 6h in three of the four streams taught at Acadia: Canadian, Comparative, International, Theory/Philosophy. All streams for honours.
  • Try to get at least two of the streams by end of second year.
  • You need 48h for your Pols Major; 60h for honours.

You should complete the Arts Core in your first two years. This includes:

  • 6h in English at the 1000-level
  • 6h in a single language other than English: Students whose first language is not English, or who can demonstrate a high level of competence in a language other than English, may substitute a second 6h in English. (French courses fill early - register ASAP for your 2nd year if you don't get in 1st year. Please follow this link and take the placement test to see which French you need.) 
  • 6h Social Science: Our two intro courses satisfy this requirement; you are not required to take additional social science courses.
  • 6h Humanities: Art (not 2013, 2023, 3013, 3023), Classics, Comparative Religion, History, Philosophy, or Music (not applied, vocal or instrumental methods, or practical studies
  • 6h in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science; note, not a math-based requirement