BA in Political Science/International Affairs

What Will I Learn?

Our program is designed to equip you with knowledge of the historical and contemporary dimensions of the international system, and to introduce you to foreign affairs, global issues, and the methodologies employed in historical, political and economic analysis.

It allows you to explore the enduring questions of the origins of war and the maintenance of peace, the nature and exercise of power within an international system, and the changing roles of state and non-state actors who participate in international decision making in the global environment.

Your Career

Upon graduation you have the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of paths. You can apply for post-graduate programs in international affairs or you can seek further complementary education - by attending law school, graduate business or public administration programs, teacher training, or journalism and broadcasting schools.

You can also directly pursue careers in the private sector, in fields such as international business, business management, and consultancy. You can apply to positions in the many branches of the public service, including civil and diplomatic services and local government, national and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations.


A total of 92 credits are required to graduate, which can be completed in three years by those entering as sophomores.

See the Liberal Arts Curriculum page for details.

Major core requirements (24 credits)

Number Course Cr
POL201 Introd. to Polit. Science 3
POL203 Gov’t & Politics of Lebanon 3
POL210 Introduction to Political Thought 3
POL222 Comparative Political Systems 3
POL242 Introduction to International Relations 3
POL318 Research Methodology I (Qual.) 3
POL319 Research Methodology II (Quant.) 3

Students can choose one of the following courses:

POL499R* Undergraduate Research 3
POL499P Capstone Project 3

*Students who wish to register POL499R should have a minimum GPA of 3.2

Major electives (Choose 6 courses, total of 18 credits)

Students should take a minimum of two “400” level courses. 

Global Governance

Number Course Cr
POL324 Foreign Policy Analysis 3
POL325 Diplomatic and Consular Service 3
POL326 Politics of the European Union 3
POL327 Fundamentals of Security Studies 3
POL331 International Organization 3
POL332 Public International Law 3
POL346 International Political Economy 3
POL357 Globalization and Political Change 3
POL434 Topics in Global Governance 3

Comparative Politics

Number Course Cr
POL252 Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution 3
POL321 American Government and Politics 3
POL328 Fundamentals of Public Policy 3
POL334 Negotiation and Bargaining 3
POL335 Politics of Multiculturalism 3
POL336 Politics of Global South 3
POL435 Topics of Comparative Politics 3

Middle East Politics

Number Course Cr
POL323 M.E. Government and Politics 3
POL422 The M.E. in the World Affairs 3
POL436 Topics in Middle Eastern Studies 3
SOC321 Sociology of the Arab World 3
WOS313 Women in the Arab World 3