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BA Political science

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
July

 Tuition fee

International
46040 USD
National
46040 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department
Department of Political Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
15

World University Ranking

About this course

Political science explores questions about power: what it is, where it comes from, who exercises it, how it is used and legitimized. Concretely, political scientists study the processes, policies and institutions of different political systems as well as critical issues such as health care policy, civil rights, the origins of wars, the nature of democracy, the causes of authoritarianism, the meaning of justice, and the genesis of terrorism.

In accordance with the mission of Barnard College, the political science department aims to create a community of teachers and students committed to intellectual discovery, rigorous analysis, and independent thought. The department's courses emphasize reflection, discussion, deliberation and intensive interactions between faculty members and students. The Barnard political science department strives to help students think clearly and methodically about the questions and issues that make up political science, equip them with the intellectual and presentational skills necessary to understand and address practical political issues as well as prepare them for a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.

THE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES FOUR SUBFIELDS OF THE DISCIPLINE:

 POLITICAL THEORY
The study of the conceptual foundations of political systems and behavior.
Student learning outcome:
After completing one or more courses in Political Theory, students should have a familiarity with some of the key concepts, theories and debates that have defined thinking about politics over time.

 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
The study of all aspects of the American political system, including its development, institutions, procedures, and actors.
Student learning outcome:
After completing one or more courses in American Government & Politics, students should understand the basic structure of the American political system and how some of its institutions, procedures, and actors function.

 COMPARATIVE POLITICS
The study of the political systems of other countries and regions, including the use of comparisons across cases in order to gain a broader and deeper understanding of events, institutions, and processes.
Student learning outcome:
After completing one or more courses in Comparative Politics, students should have a familiarity with the political systems of other countries and regions, and be able to use comparisons across cases in order to gain a broader and deeper understanding of political events, institutions, and processes.

 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
The study of relations between countries and the dynamics and development of the international system.
Student learning outcome:
After completing one or more courses in International Relations, students should understand the key approaches to the study of the relations between countries and a familiarity with the basic dynamics and development of the international system.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Political Science Major

Upon completion of the Barnard Political Science major, students should:

  1. Be able to analyze, speak and write about the subject matter and major theories of at least three of the four subfields of political science;
  2. Be able to apply social scientific reasoning and theories to the analysis of a wide range of political issues and problems;
  3. Be able to generate and test hypotheses about political processes, relationships and institutions or engage in conceptual analysis and interpretation of political ideas, arguments, and phenomena;
  4. Be able to complete independent research projects in political science, particularly via the capstone senior project.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be well-prepared for a college like Barnard, it is important to think about the academic community you are hoping to join. Barnard's general education requirements cover a wide range of subjects: literature, the social sciences, language and the arts, lab sciences, and quantitative areas. For this reason, you should acquire a strong foundation in high school, taking courses from the core academic subjects: math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Do your best to take the most rigorous classes available to you in which you can do your best work. For transfer students, our recommendations are similar. Take courses that are recommended to fulfill general requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. If an area is a relative weakness, continue taking that subject while pursuing advanced coursework in areas of relative strength. Remember, we hope to see how you might contribute to our intellectual community, and your choices tell us what kind of a student you will be.

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Course Modules

The department recognises four subfields of the discipline:

  • POLITICAL THEORY: the study of the conceptual foundations of political systems and behavior.
  • AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: the study of all aspects of the American political system, including its development, institutions, procedures, and actors.
  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS: the study of the political systems of other countries and regions, including the use of comparisons across cases in order to gain a broader and deeper understanding of events, institutions, and processes.
  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: the study of relations between countries and the dynamics and development of the international system.

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How to Apply

Submit all supporting materials

  • Request that all official high school and college transcripts be sent to Barnard College along with your high school's profile. Your guidance counselor will also need to submit the School Report.
  • Submit official standardized testing. For more information, please view
  • Submit Teacher Evaluation forms. We require letters from two teachers that taught you in core academic subjects (English, foreign language, history [social science], mathematics, or science) in your final two years of secondary school.
  • Your counselor will submit the mid-year report with your first semester senior grades by March 1st via the common application.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable). In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose primary language is not English and who have not been enrolled in a school where English is the primary medium of instruction for four consecutive years

Optional Supplemental Materials

  • Students may choose to complete an on-campus or off-campus interview. For information on how and when to schedule an interview, please visit our admissions interview page. 
  • Students may choose to submit supplementary portfolios (art—including film, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture—music, dance, theatre, or creative writing) for review via Slideroom. 
    Please note: Supplementary material will not be reviewed by Barnard faculty, and unfortunately, during high volume periods, we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

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