Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers B.A. in political science. Students can choose to concentrate their studies in international politics and political systems or in public policy and administration. The structure of the Political Science curriculum provides students with the theory and practice that enables them to explore the sub-divisions of the discipline: political thought, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy. The department offers students quality education that provides them with the required knowledge and skills to lead them to exciting careers in federal and local governments, research centers, international organizations, and media. The faculty in the department are active in scholarly research and publications, and are also dedicated to teaching.

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with essential concepts and principles in the various subfields of Political Science.
  • Introduce students to various theories and approaches to the study of politics.
  • Provide students with solid knowledge about factors that influence international relations and public policy.
  • Examine the nature and implications of the interactive relationships between domestic and international factors shaping political phenomena.
  • Equip students with competencies necessary for successful careers in politics and related areas.
  • Foster responsible citizenship.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define basic political science concepts.
  • Explicate major theories of various subfields of political science.
  • Identify essential political processes, institutions, actors, behaviors, and ideas that shape national and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in relation to political science issues
  • Employ qualitative and quantitative research methods in political science analysis.
  • Analyze public policy issues both independently and in a team
  • Communicate descriptive and analytical knowledge effectively in written and oral format to various audiences
  • Discuss the political and administrative systems of the UAE, as well as its developmental achievements
  • Demonstrate preparedness for continued reflective practice and lifelong learning.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSG270Comparative Political Systems  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major


Political Science Major (Req. CH:39)

Required Courses (21.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSG110Fundamentals of Political Science3.000
PSG120Government & Politics of UAE3.000
PSG242Methods of Research in PSG3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000
PSG261Political Thought3.000
PSG430Special Topics3.000


Concentration Requirements (Req CH:18)

Students should take one of the following concentrations: (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours


1: International Politics and Political Systems Concentration (Req. CH:18)

Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ECON105Principles of Microeconomics3.000
PSG301International Organizations3.000
PSG315International Political Economy3.000
PSG422Foreign Policy of Great Powers3.000

Elective Courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSG302Diplomatic Systems3.000
PSG312Foreign Policy of Arab States3.000
PSG321Gulf & Arabic Peninsula Affairs3.000
PSG332Europe & The United States3.000
PUBL207Public International Law3.000


2: Government, Policy and Administration Concentration (Req. CH:18)

Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ECON105Principles of Microeconomics3.000
PSG130Introduction to Public Administration3.000
PSG331Local Governments & Local Administrations3.000
PSG425Public Policy3.000

Elective (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HRMD320Human Resources Management3.000
MSC412Public Opinion3.000
PSG352Governmental Budgeting3.000
PUBL206Administrative Law3.000
SOC314Political Sociology3.000


Minors and Free Electives (Req. CH:42)

Required Minor (1) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Optional Minor (2) (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Electives (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours