Profile of the Programme
The disciplines of Political Science and International Relations synchronically have the characteristics of art and science. Politics refers to "art of governing" whilst international relations can be viewed as "art of interpretation and implementation of the relations between countries." Besides, it can be argued that both politics and international relations have been colored by science in recent decades.
The programs, which are offered by the department, aims to develop the students' ability to grasp the political, cultural and economic dimensions of global relations by the help of inter-disciplinary perspective. Thus, the faculty members are selected among the academics who are capable of dealing with such inter-disciplinary approaches. In addition to that, Department of Political Science and International Relations also offers a variety of courses from other departments in order to support the career planning process of the students.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations is among the largest departments at Başkent University with 11 full time and 2 part time faculty members. The faculty members have diverse research interests, which reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the Political Science and International Relations disciplines Faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees from reputable universities of Turkey and the world. Faculty members are involved in academic projects and publish extensively in indexed academic journals both in Turkey and abroad.
The department offers a high quality education, which enables its 269 undergraduate and 19 graduate students to have excellent careers in academia, the public and the private sector. The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers four year undergraduate program and two year Master's program, which aim to provide education examining national and international political process within the framework of economics, anthropology and sociology. The issues of development studies and international political economy also occupy an important place in the curricula. The department aims to develop the students' ability to grasp the political, cultural and economic dimensions of global relations by the help of inter-disciplinary perspective.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations is located within the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Bağlıca Campus.