Honours BA Political Science and LLB (Sussex) stream

The Honours BA Political Science (Sussex LLB Stream) enables students who successfully complete its requirements to earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Laurier and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) in six years.

The Honours BA in Political Science is only available at the Waterloo campus. It consists of 20.0 credits of which no more than 6.0 credits may be at the 100 level. Students are not permitted to combine two majors.

Due to the compacted nature of the Sussex Stream, students are required to pursue their degree in the following manner:

Honours BA Political Science and LLB (Sussex) Stream

Year Courses Credit Total
 1 PO101, PO102, PO210, PO263;
3.0 elective credits.
 2 PO217, PO218, PO235, PO236;
1.0 credit selected from: PO231 and PO232, or PO220 and PO221;
0.5 credit from Area Studies selected from: PO318, PO319, PO369, PO370 and PO388*;
1.5 elective credits.
 3-5 Students pursue an LLB at the University of Sussex. Upon successful completion of their LLB, students will be awarded 5.0 transfer credits equivalent to 4.0 PO credits in legal studies courses and 1.0 senior elective credits.
 6 1.0 credit in 400-level PO seminars;
0.5 additional PO credit;
1.0 elective credit
2.5 Laurier Sussex Law stream credits to prepare students to write the National Accreditation exams

Program Note

Students in the BA Political Science (Sussex Stream) may not declare the Legal Studies Option, or take the following Legal Studies courses: PO209, PO212, PO331, PO333, PO371, PO380, PO389. The law curriculum will be delivered at Sussex.

Application to Sussex

  1. Students will apply to Sussex via the standard Sussex application procedures. Students will apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for entry. Students will provide Sussex full application documents, including high school and university transcripts, references (Laurier students will submit references on a standardized reference form), and a personal statement, in line with normal admissions procedures. Sussex will consider applications according to its normal procedures. Students will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the progression requirements described above and where students have achieved Sussex's standard English language entrance requirements, where appropriate.
  2. Note: The University of Sussex reserves the right not to provide a guaranteed offer after consideration of any relevant unspent criminal convictions a student may have. Sussex recommends that if students have a conviction, Laurier contact the Admissions Office to discuss this before proceeding further.
  3. Transfer Students into Year 2 (WLU only):
    In exceptional cases, first-year students outside of the Sussex BA/LLB Program may apply to transfer into the Program. Admission into the Program is at the sole discretion of the Sussex Admissions Committee. Normally, a student's application will not be accepted unless the following non-exhaustive conditions are met:
    • As of May 1 of the applicant's first year, the student has completed 5.0 credits, and;
    • The student's overall GPA is at least 8.00, and at least 7.00 for all courses within the student's major, and;
    • The program at WLU or at Sussex has space for more students, and;
    • The committee believes that the student will succeed in the program, according to any evidence it deems relevant.
    Inquiries about a transfer into the Honours BA/LLB program should be made through the Political Science Sussex Co-ordinator. Application for transfer into Year 2 of the Honours BA/LLB program should be made by May 1 by submitting a Program Transfer Request Form.

Progression Requirements

  1. Progression to Year 2 requires completion of five credits during Year 1 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in all Political Science courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.00 in all 5.0 credits. All credits taken during Year 1 will be included in the GPA requirements for progression into Year 2. These course and GPA requirements must be achieved by August 31.
  2. To be recommended for application to the Sussex LLB program in year three, students must have maintained a minimum overall GPA of 8.0 (B) over all credits completed over their first three full terms (i.e, minimum 7.5 credits). These course and GPA requirements must be achieved by December 31 of the students' second year.
  3. Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.