In the Bachelor’s in Political Science, you study the urgent issues that the world faces, including migration and economic crises, terrorism and 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 Resolution, Islam and Globalisation.
Why study Political Science at the University of Amsterdam? 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 Arts 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.