Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF LAW AND POLITICAL SCIENCE | Department of Government and International Relations | Bachelor of Arts in Political Science | NDU

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The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is to build the characteristics of high intellect, moral integrity, enlightened citizenship, human solidarity, and responsible leadership by providing a balance of practical, theoretical, and applied course work in the concerned areas of study to students.


Program Educational Objectives

The BA in Political Science is designed to provide students with a full awareness of the discipline of Political Science. The major program will equip students with knowledge of the structures, institutions, and processes that make up the practice of domestic, regional, and global politics. The core curriculum is developed to stimulate critical analysis and evaluation of the political conditions and cases examined. The Department equips the students with the necessary oral and written skills that will afford them a smooth and solid transition into the graduate studies as well as professional preparation in areas which include: the public sector, foreign service, international and regional organizations, multi-national corporations, banking institutions, media, and other enterprises.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the BA in Political Science will be able to:

  1. 1.Demonstrate critical mastery of the technical and formal material required for entry into the workforce.
  2. 2.Demonstrate a strong command of the major political science theories and concepts.
  3. 3.Critically analyze and respond to the social, political, and economic needs of the state.
  4. 4.Critically discuss the current issues in the field of political science in written and oral form.
  5. 5.Write analytical research papers on political science topics.


Admission Requirements

All first-year applicants must complete the Admission Requirements.


Graduation Requirements

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts at the Department of Government and International Relations (DGIR) must complete a total of 105 credits for all majors with an overall average of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum average of 2.0/4.0 in the major requirements.



Liberal Arts Curriculum (30cr.)

Electives in GIR (24cr.)

Free Electives (6cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (15cr.)
NGO 201 Introduction to NGOs and Civil Society  3 cr.
ENL 222 Sophomore Rhetoric 3 cr.
NGO 202 Introduction to Development Theory 3 cr.
CSC 201 Introduction to Computers  3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year I (15cr.)
NGO 203 Introduction to NGO Management 3 cr.
ENL 235 Technical English 3 cr.
NGO 204 Civil Society in the MENA-Region 3 cr.
ECN 212 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) 3 cr.
Summer Session Year I (6cr.)
IAF 211 Introduction to International Relations 3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (9cr.)
PAD 201 Introduction to Public Administration 3 cr.
IAF 407 International and Regional Organization 3 cr.
POS 350 Comparative Governments and Politics  3 cr.
Spring Semester Year II (15cr.)
POS 442 Constitutional Law 3 cr.
POS 353 Governments of the Middle East 3 cr.
NGO 303 Financial Management 3 cr.
Major Elective 3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) 3 cr.
Summer Session Year II (9cr.)
Major Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year III (15cr.)
POS 382 Empirical Research Methods  3 cr.
NGO 401 Civil Society and Advocacy 3 cr.
NGO 402 Disaster Response and Humanitarian Assistance 3 cr.
NGO 403 Social Policy 3 cr.
POS 345 Ethics and Leadership 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year III (12cr.)
NGO 404 International Development Cooperation  3 cr.
NGO 490 Special Topics 3 cr.
NGO 405 Management of Social Institutions 3 cr.
NGO 406 Gender and Development 3 cr.
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