In today's world, while the business world is becoming more and more specialized, there is increasing need for the interdisciplinary studies that could train students who can work in across various different fields. Both public institutions and the private sector prefer employing people who are knowledgeable about many areas and are open to improvement. As the Department of Political Science and International Relations, our basic approach to higher education is to strengthen the skills of acquiring, accessing and using knowledge. In this context, we aim to educate social scientists who have are sophisticated, who can think critically and who can produce analytical solutions to various problems.
With this goal in mind, our department values interdisciplinary approach. The first two years of the undergraduate curriculum consists of core courses in the field of Political Science and International Relations. As of the junior year, students are able to select elective courses for their domain of interest. In the senior year, the students take course related to their career goals and interests while at the same time develop their intellectual knowledge with regional and free electives. An important strength of our department is the elective courses offered by the regional experts. Our department offers courses on society and politics in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and the United States. In addition to English, throughout their education, students can take elective courses from a wide variety of foreign languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and others.
We update the departmental curriculum in line with academic changes and business needs of the time. We aim to ensure that our students are aware of the global changes and developments to be able to understand and address the questions that face publics, countries, and regions.
Our students are able to pursue minor or double major degrees from different departments including business administration, psychology, sociology, international trade, and others. Plus, with 526 international programs the students could participate university-supported exchange and Erasmus programs and spend one or two semesters in different universities around the world.
Our graduates are employed in a wide range of sectors from public institutions to non-governmental organizations, from multinational companies to private firms. Several of our students continue their academic careers at prestigious universities in Turkey and abroad. With the legal changes approved in 2018, our graduates can now apply to become administrative judges in state institutions.
The Department of Political Science and International Relations consists of 14 full-time academics. All our faculty members are expert in their area of interest. In addition to prominent scholars like Feroz Ahmad and Cemil Oktay, we host several promising political scientists who are recognized in their fields and are recipient of various national awards. With its faculty and objectives, the department considers diversity, academic freedom, and academic integrity as its corevalues.