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

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play an important role in creating an open and viable democratic society. This rapidly expanding sector faces the challenges posed by the transition economy and society. We see training in NGO management and civil society as excellent for developing professional managers in this sector in both Lebanon and the Arab World. This program is designed to provide students with broad knowledge in the field of International and Civil Society Organizations in general, and NGOs in particular. Graduates will be prepared to work in several career areas, in independent international, regional and local organizations and those that operate under the umbrella of the United Nations and its various agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. 1.Implement the conceptual knowledge on NGO management as a science and profession.
  2. 2.Demonstrate the operational skills and fundamental practical and theoretical knowledge required by the NGO community.
  3. 3.Demonstrate a command of the role of civil society in creating an enabling environment for development Cooperation across civil society organizations, government institutions, multi-lateral and bilateral back-donors.
  4. 4.Establish networks with multinational corporations, and, among others, media enterprises in their work on development.


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 (21cr.)

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 (12cr.)
PAD 201 Introduction to Public Administration 3 cr.
IAF 407 International and Regional Organization 3 cr.
NGO 302 Human Resource Management 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 Cooperation 3 cr.
NGO 490 Special Topics 3 cr.
NGO 405 Management of Social Institutions 3 cr.
NGO 406 Corporate Social Responsiblity 3 cr.
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