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Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economic and Political Studies


Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Economic and Political Studies at Thompson Rivers University

The growth of Political Studies can be largely attributed to its subject matter: politics.

Political Studies examines politics, government and political ideas, themes which concern the every day life of ordinary citizens as well as scholars, bureaucrats and politicians. The breadth of the subject means that Political Studies is a highly pluralistic discipline.

Political Studies touches on political history, political philosophy, political sociology, political economy, political geography and political anthropology. The discipline is linked by a common effort to understand the vast field of politics and government.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years
Intake: September / May / January
Tuition Fee:
  • C$7,320/semester (up to 12 credits/4 courses)
  • C$8,912/semester (15 credits/5 courses)
  • each additional credit: C$531 (fall/winter) C$610 (summer)
Location: Kamloops, Canada


A background in Political Studies not only creates politically aware citizens, but forces students to develop research, analytic and writing skills that stand them in good stead in whatever occupation they may choose.

Economic and Political Studies is offered at Thompson Rivers University.

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Before coming to TRU, I couldn’t even imagine how fast my life would change here. TRU gave
me all the opportunities I was looking for to unearth my true potential. I’ve met people from
various parts of the world, gained real-world work experience and most importantly, I have
learned more about myself. Being a part of the TRU community has been one of the most
meaningful and rewarding experiences in my life. One of the best things I did in my program
was my co-op. I put my learning into direct practice right away and that helped me secure a full
time position after I graduated.

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Courses included

  • The Government and Politics of Canada Kading/Cook/Hanlon
  • Contemporary Ideologies Kading
  • Political Philosophy Cook
  • International Politics Cook
  • Canadian Political Parties Kading
  • Canadian Foreign Policy Hanlon
  • Politics of the Middle East Cook
  • Topics in Canadian Politics: 
  • Canada and our War on Terror Hanlon

Why take political studies at TRU

Courses are offered in Political Studies at all levels of undergraduate education. The emphasis at present is on Canadian Politics and Government and Political Theory but courses are available in all subfields. The offerings in first and second year are quite broad providing interested students with a wide ranging introduction to the discipline. This wide exposure is particularly valuable to students who wish to focus on Political Studies either at TRU or elsewhere. At present, upper level courses are offered each year both in Canadian and Political Theory. All courses are not offered annually but rather on a rotating basis. Students who remain at TRU for four years will have the opportunity to take almost every course.