Alumni

Past York University graduates discuss the benefits of a degree in Political Science.

“Prof. Edgar Dosman was an excellent mentor. He pushed me to my potential by constantly challenging me; suggested continued field of study; was available as a reference; and was a great role model of maintaining links between academia and the ‘real world’”
“Professor Isa Bakker inspired me by her intelligence, dedication to her job and she loved what she did. Women in Politics gave me insight and courage to challenge the status quo. (...) She has taught me to ask difficult questions, to challenge the “traditional” safe/comfortable beliefs we live with - to forge new approaches to becoming more accepting and inclusive in our social structures and policies. She has taught me and inspired me to make a better place and to leave behind a legacy of “stepping outside oneself.” One person can make a difference, even if it's just a letter, it's a start.” (Teresa Martin Grier)
“My political science degree was useful in everything! I studied Canadian politics (Broadbent) and political philosophy (Wood.) York was a very stimulating environment for people thinking about politics and social activism” (Wendy Lill, M.P. Dartmouth)
“It gave me confidence in myself and helped me to move forward. Most importantly, I improved my public speaking skills which enabled me to get involved in Model United Nations - and I won first place!” (Ilana Keyes)
“It's a very broad program that one can individualize quite easily. Free thinking is encouraged and it can complement many other majors quite nicely.” (Jason Paris)
“In doing political science at York, I had found for the first time something that I both enjoyed and I was good at doing. To a large degree, I would not have gone on to complete my M.A. and work on my Ph.D without the support and encouragement I received at York.” (Daniel V. Preece)
“[My] courses (...) at York provided me, (...), with the ability to identify problems, research and understand their origins, and develop effective problem solving solutions that allow me to solve the problem thoroughly, and thus avoiding a “band-aid” solution.” (Kevin Cote)
“The most valuable thing that I learned [at York] was how to be a critical thinker, and not to take things at face value - question everything!” (Kathleen McLeod).
“I gained an excellent understanding of Canadian political structures, institutions, political culture and organizational behavior. My political science degree was a logical stepping stone to a Master’s degree in public administration and policy” (1983 Graduate: Senior Job Analyst in the Office of the Fire Marshal for the Ministry of Public Safety and Security).
“An arts degree (particularly political science) is useful in teaching on self discipline to complete assignments and structure a logical argument” (1991 Graduate: Provincial Constable of the Ontario Provincial Police).
“Through studying Political Science I have developed an interest in theory and different cultures and ideologies. I have now traveled through many European countries—this interest developed through my studies” (2000 Graduate).
“The women’s studies I took as part of my political science degree helped me to understand the pathology of oppression in minority groups” (1981 Graduate: Human Rights Investigator on the Ontario Human Rights Commission).
“Political science is the study of the evolution of human interaction in its broadest scope. Law is a part of that interaction and political influences help shape how we view the Law” (1974 Graduate: Lawyer).
“My focus on Latin American and Caribbean studies, along with some courses that focused on Asian and African development issues, helped me to understand my students backgrounds. This, in turn, helps my credibility with them” (2000 Graduate: Instructor).
“Professor James Laxer had an infectious work ethic. His enthusiasm for his subject was contagious. His real world experience impressed upon me the importance of citizenship” (1991 Graduate).