General: Bachelor program in Political Science and International Relations is a three year English taught program. It covers the four major sub-fields in the discipline: comparative politics, international relations, political theory and Albanian politics. The program's main objective is to provide a balanced education. In addition to courses that orient them to the field, students are given the opportunity to conduct extensive research on such contemporary issues as the European Union, political economy, democratization, human rights, gender and identity politics. The program offers a wide range of elective courses in order to allow students to specialize in various areas. Faculty members, all of whom have obtained their degrees from distinguished American or European universities, are in constant interaction with colleagues and institutions in many countries of the world. In addition, the program ties serve as a bridge for students interested in enrolling in master or PhD programs in universities abroad. Each year several students receive scholarships from U.S. and European universities for graduate studies.
Graduation: The program consists of 180 ECTS including the graduation project thesis or final comprehensive exam. The students that have successfully completed a total of 180 ECTS shall be entitled to graduate from the program and shall be conferred the diploma of Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations. A student who has been successful in all courses and his/her cumulative grade point average is at least (2.00), without having a FD or FF grade shall be deemed to have met the requirements of graduation. In the second semester of third year, students whose GPA is higher than 3.0 have the chance to choose between Graduation project or Final Comprehensive Exam. Students whose GPA is below 3.0 are obliged to enter the final comprehensive exam.
More information at: http://pir.epoka.edu.al/cat-final-comprehensive-exam-1970.html.
Career: Department graduates find career opportunities at home and abroad in the private as well as the public sector, particularly in organizations affiliated with the United Nations and the European Union, in the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in universities and the media, and in private companies. As this range of career options indicates, the Department's educational philosophy is to provide students with intellectual depth and with the necessary tools to think independently, to question and criticize, engage in collaborative work and be open-minded about alternative points of view. The Department has therefore adopted an interdisciplinary perspective and a multidimensional approach to the accumulation of knowledge.
Admission criteria: http://admissions.epoka.edu.al/home-admission-criteria-1923-1924.html.
Apply at: http://easapp.epoka.edu.al/apply.
Application deadline: applications are accepted throughout the year before the start of academic year in October.