The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

B.A. in Political Science

Political science examines power links between individuals, groups and the state, as well as the workings of governments. Through a wide range of approaches, the field includes an analysis of global international relations to the study of individual behavior, the examination of institutions and the reflection on broad policy issues.

Political science graduates may seek further studies at the graduate level or in law, urban studies, environmental studies, and other fields. Graduates can also pursue a wide variety of careers, including work in government and government organizations, administration and research, law, teaching and education, politics, political organizations, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, accountancy, advertising, archive work, banking and finance, business management, the civil service, consultancy, global charity work, social work, journalism and the media, librarianship, management consultancy, museums, the media and publishing.

Curriculum

Students majoring in Political Science should take the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, all courses in the major, and the three courses listed under “Other Requirements.”

Major requirements (42 credits)

Number Course Cr
POL201 Introduction to Political Science 3
POL203 Government & Politics of Lebanon 3
POL210 Introduction to Political Thought 3
POL222 Comparative Political Systems 3
POL240 Concepts of World Politics 3
POL312 Politics of Developing Areas 3
POL314 Research Methodology 3
POL321 American Government and Politics 3
POL322 Foreign Policy of Major Powers 3
POL323 Middle East Governments & Politics 3
POL331 International Organization 3
POL332 Public International Law 3
POL422 The Middle East in World Affairs 3
POL499 Senior Study 3

Other major requirements (9 credits)

Number Course Cr
ECO202 Macro Economics 3
HST 305 Contemporary Europe 1945-1989 3
POL252 Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution 3

Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements: (28 credits)

See the Liberal Arts Curriculum page for details.

Free electives (13 credits)


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