Department of Political Science


Welcome to the Department of Political Science

Political Science is the systematic study of government, politics and political behaviour.

Political Science is the systematic study of government, politics and political behaviour, in a rapidly changing world. It studies how a society governs itself at all levels and various ideas about how it should be governed in the future. Government is a core component of power and policy structures - it authors how a society organizes itself for collective action. Political structures and governments are in constant flux and that makes this a very exciting major to choose. Politics is a central component of our culture and daily it grows more complicated due to globalization issues and world events.

Department Highlights

Dr. Yale BELANGER - Acting Chair (July 2020 - June 2021)

Students - meet Dr. Yale BELANGER <> who will be the Acting Chair of the Department of Political Science for the academic year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021).

The Political Science Department has moved to the eighth floor of University Hall.  Dr. Belanger's Office:  D-856


"Currently I am a video game developer – I’m a Development Director at Electronic Arts on the FIFA franchise and prior to that I was an Environment Art Producer at Capcom on Dead Rising and Producer at The Coalition (Microsoft) on Gears of War.  Despite my professional success in the civilian world, to this day one of my proudest life achievements was my service in the military during 2009-2010 in Afghanistan where I served along side not one but two fellow ULeth grads.

Graduated in 2006.

A political science degree is an extremely versatile area of study depending on how you apply it after you graduate.  My career has taken me from the eastern border regions of Afghanistan to the high tech environment of game development and I would not have been able to achieve any of that if I didn’t have an appreciation for the bigger picture and the ability to understand the more philosophical questions that were being asked of me that I learned during my degree.  You’d be surprised how universal the human condition is with regards to politics.

Please send Dr von Heyking my warmest regards, truly some of the most enlightening classes I had at Lethbridge were courtesy of him."




Let us introduce you to DR. JONATHAN WENSVEEN.

Dr. Wensveen is teaching POLI. 2511 -- Introduction to Political Theory (CRN #: 33015) this Fall Semester 2020.  (J. Wensveen is filling in for Dr. J. von Heyking who is on sabbatical leave.)

This course is offered Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:30 - 2:45 pm.

For more information, you can contact Merle Christie, Admin. Support for Political Science <>.



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