ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The department’s main philosophy is to enable students to understand and interpret political processes and phenomena as well as developing their analytical abilities and faculties of critical thinking. The department, which consists of two closely related disciplines, has the purpose of providing an education that gives students an opportunity to have a broad vision in social sciences. Since the Department of Political Science and International Relations offers an education in the fields demanded by various public and private sectors, it ensures a large spectrum of job opportunities for the students.
Political Science tries to grasp political thought with a scientific perspective and analyzes its effects on political institutions within different social and historical contexts. Examining the contemporary analyses of political processes and the development of such processes in the course of time, the discipline of Political Science helps students build a comprehensive knowledge capital by benefiting from disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy with an inter-disciplinary approach. Students would be well-equipped scientifically concerning fundamental fields such as political theory, comparative politics and Turkish politics by virtue of a highly qualified academic staff in the department.
International relations, which has been developed more recently, is a field that gradually gains importance in social sciences. It deals with the political, legal and economic relations between international organizations (intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations etc.) as components of the international system. International Relations also scrutinizes political, legal and economic features of societies in the framework of external relations.
Because international politics has conducted itself on a different ground since the dissolution of the East Bloc in 1990, International Relations now becomes a much more complex discipline based on several variables. Within the dialectics of globalization and localization, international relations has a decisive role in the domestic politics of states. In this respect, political science and domestic politics cannot be understood without the perspective of international relations. Owing to the increasing significance of international relations with the rise of globalization, the discipline has become a must to be taught in universities. For this reason, the department aims to teach International Relations in a historical and contemporary perspective without cutting its ties with Political Science discipline.
The program aims at preparing students for a wide variety of career options in business, public service, media, public relations, and the like. After the second year, students are encouraged to specialize in various subfields depending on career paths they choose. Our graduates can be candidates to work in various state institutions. With our distinguished faculty members, we have a great confidence that the department can meet the demand and aspirations of its privileged students as well as they can apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The department expects that students can compete at international level thanks to the elective courses related to the relevant professions, and with a special focus on language and computer skills. With our distinguished faculty members, we have a great confidence that the department can meet the demand and aspirations of its privileged students.