Political Science and International Relations
We offer a contemporary and comprehensive curriculum of Political Science and International Relations with a view to endowing our students with rich knowledge and advanced skills that will provide them the ability to analyze the developments taking place around the world in the fields of politics, security, diplomacy, law and economy.
In the first and second year of their education, our students will be offered introductory courses that will constitute the fundamentals of Social Sciences, such as Political Science, Sociology, History of Civilizations, History of Political Thought, Fundamental Concepts of Law, International Political Economy, and Research Methods. Additionally, courses that will enhance our students’ ability to use computers and advance technological products will also be offered.
Starting by the first two years, thanks to the Flipped Classroom application, our students will be capable of writing short academic essays whose topics will be determined by them. Students will also be able to study essential courses in their third and fourth years, such as Comparative Politics, International Relations Theory, International Organizations, International Law, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Turkish Foreign Policy.
Moreover, our students will be offered a variety of elective courses in the form of Research Seminars where they will be able to conduct “independent research” on issues like War and Peace, Ethnic and Cultural Conflicts, Conflict Resolution, Disarmament, Modernization, Democratization, Globalization, Human and Environmental Security; as well as Area Studies that will familiarize them with the societies and cultures in different parts of the world such as, Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, Americas, Africa, and the Far East.
In accordance with their choice of the regions, our students will be offered foreign language courses that will enhance their linguistic skills in such a way to add to their ability to make research on the regional countries.
Students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations will benefit from the Double Major and Minor programs as well as international exchange programs, such as Erasmus, to the largest extent possible just like every other student at MEF University.
Our students will be offered positions like “student assistantship”, “project assistantship” and “internship” with a view to encouraging them to actively participate in academic research projects that will be conducted by our faculty members, as well as to assist in the organization and implementation of academic activities on campus, such as conferences, seminars and workshops, which will help them acquire considerable experience and specific knowledge that will be useful in making their career choices after graduation.
Political Science and International Relations is essentially a career field. Our graduates will have a variety of career opportunities, such as pursuing an academic career, joining the distinguished government offices, working in the international organizations, political parties, media and international/multinational corporations.
Our graduates who will be trained with an interdisciplinary method may prefer to pursue graduate studies either in Turkey or abroad. Our students who will decide to pursue an academic career through Masters and Doctoral studies will be in a highly advantageous and privileged position for being accepted by the distinguished universities both in Turkey and abroad, thanks to the quality of the education that they will be given at MEF University.
Our students who will decide to work for the government will be offered special preparation programs that will enable them to be successful in the highly competitive entrance exams of the government offices, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry for European Union Affairs, and Ministry of Economy.
Our graduates will also have the opportunity to pursue a career at the United Nations and its specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, FAO, and the World Bank, as well as in the political parties, nongovernmental organizations, respected media groups, and leading “think tanks” in our country and in the world.
Our faculty members who have long been in close contact with these circles during their academic careers will share their invaluable knowledge and experience accumulated over the years with our students that will put them in an advantageous position vis-à-vis their peers in other institutions.
Thanks to the elective courses that our students may select from the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Economics, some of our graduates may wish to work in the private sector companies, in multinational/multinational corporations, banks and other financial institutions that have representative offices abroad.
Political Science and International Relations is a highly popular discipline among students in our country aspiring to higher education. Owing to the distinct physical and technological capabilities and the elaborate infrastructure of MEF University, our Department has the capacity to provide our students with a high-quality education at the level of the world’s best universities.
In addition to the rich curriculum that is offered by our Department, benefiting from the exchange programs that are agreed upon with the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world, our students will be able to advance their knowledge as well as to diversify their academic and artistic skills that will help them find job opportunities and pursue careers in prominent institutions.