In the Bachelor’s in Political Science, you study the urgent issues that the world faces, including migration and economic crises, terrorist threats, rising populism and xenophobia, and polarisation in society. At the same time, you also explore possible solutions.
Politics is how communities settle their differences and achieve their goals. As a result, politics is everywhere and at all levels from the local to the global. The programme offers a broad orientation in International Relations, Political Economy, Public Policy and Governance, Comparative Politics and Political Theory. In the third year, you can specialise by choosing courses on International Organisations, Security, Conflict, Islam and Globalisation, and The Rise of Populism in the United States and Europe, or by focusing on regions such as Latin America and Asia. Because you can choose courses for 30 ECTS credits in your programme, you can enrol in a minor such as Conflict Studies, Gender and Sexuality, and Middle Eastern Studies. However, you can also earn these 30 credits by studying abroad or learning a foreign language at the UvA or another Dutch university.
Studying politics is not just about what politicians do – it helps you understand why the world is as it is and how it might be improved. A Bachelor of Science in Political Science offers you a solid intellectual and practical insight into this dynamic world, its challenges and its opportunities. It provides education for the informed, independent, analytical and critical thinkers and ‘doers’ that the world needs. We offer a genuinely coherent and integrated curriculum, which combines a broad disciplinary grounding in political science in all its diversity with flexibility in your choice of subfield specialisation.
We offer subfield specialisations in:
To meet further individual interests while maintaining a coherent programme, we also offer cross-disciplinary minor packages including:
You can also enrol in a minor offered by another faculty. Political Science students might be interested in a language minor or programmes in history, law and economics. For a complete list of UvA minors, you can have a look at the overview.
The programme is taught in English, supplemented by Dutch-language tutorial groups/written assignments and electives for those who so wish. Extra training in both Dutch and English language/writing skills is on offer.
'In Political Science, you are trained to take a critical look at the different actors and institutions that play, or should play, a role in the quest for political solutions.’
|Degree programme||BSc Political Science|
|Credits||180 ECTS, 36 months|
|Language of instruction||English|