WELCOME TO POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS PROGRAM
In the METU Northern Cyprus Campus Political Science and International Relations Program, we are dedicated to educating specialists who will be able to view and interpret the modern world in an in-depth fashion, with a special focus on political shifts, through a comprehensive lens that combines the multidisciplinary expertise they have acquired in the fields of political science and international relations along with their intellectual resources, and who are well-equipped to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world settings when required.
In today’s unpredictable world, which has turned into a global village, agility and flexibility are key to an individual’s ability to shift with the rapidly changing, diverse political landscape. Backed up with METU’s expertise acquired over the last 61 years, its Northern Cyprus Campus develops political science and international relations specialists, who will be sought-after for their knowledge, practical skills, and ability to work in a variety of positions at different institutions and organizations.
METU Cyprus Political Science and International Relations graduates have a wide range of career opportunities. They take jobs at various levels of the state bureaucracy and are well represented in middle and senior management positions in the private sector. Our graduates are employed by ministries or they work for government agencies as consultants in Turkey or overseas. Many are employed by banks, insurance companies, domestic or international companies and non-governmental organizations. In addition, there are various job profiles available for our graduates in both traditional and mass media. Some of the organizations and institutions that have employed our graduates so far include: Google, İş Bank, Arçelik, ING Bank, Ülker, ENKA, Deniz Bank, Ford Otosan, Çukurova Kimya, Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry, Fenerbahçe Sports Club, Turkish Prime Ministry, Turkish General Staff, Turkish Ministry of Economy, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Danish Refugee Council, and Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies. Those wishing to pursue further studies are admitted to the graduate programs at outstanding universities worldwide.
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If you want to join the METU alumni as a leading Political Science and International Relations expert committed to building a more peaceful world, the program welcomes you.
Political Science and International Relations is an academic discipline that explores political doctrines and practices with an emphasis on the concept of “power”, and that asks questions such as “What is political power?”, “What is the basis of political power?”, “Who is political power possessed by, and how is it exercised?”, and “When is political power accepted as legitimate?”. While focusing upon such questions, this discipline examines critically the processes of authoritative decision-making and action carried out in different political structures. It reviews the decision-making mechanisms, ideas and values that frequently intervene or affect the decision-making process, and the restructuring of power distribution and institutionalization of authority in the decision-making process.
Political Science and International Relations education offers you the opportunity to focus on the issues such as global scale dispersion of political power in the past and today, impacts of political decision-making mechanisms on societies, intersections of political and socio-economic processes in different societies, and how these political processes get complicated and diversified, as well as helping you to evaluate, in depth, the answers provided previously.
The courses offered in the curriculum of Political Science and International Relations degree programs are well balanced to cover both disciplines. Students who pursue a degree in this field of study gain the skills they need to develop personally and professionally on an ongoing basis by exploring the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, tools and methods in both disciplines. Graduates of this major can take career paths in political science and international relations or pursue graduate studies to specialize in an area.
This major aims to provide students with a holistic perspective on both the political and the social sphere. During their four-year undergraduate study, students take courses such as Economics, Law, History, Sociology and Anthropology, and thus acquire a basic knowledge of higher education in other fields of humanities and social sciences.
The Political Science and International Relations Program at METU Cyprus is the only undergraduate degree program offered by METU in this field, and therefore is the only option available for those who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in this field of study at METU. These majors are offered through the Political Science and Public Administration and the International Relations programs at METU Ankara, whereas METU Cyprus combines the two disciplines.
With its highly qualified instructors who are experts in their given fields, the program provides quality education in political science and international relations. Due to the low student-to-teacher ratio in the program, students receive more attention, which leads to effective learning. With students from more than 40 countries, the multicultural campus environment enriches the experience of students at METU Cyprus.
Today, graduates of this major are not only employed at the leading companies in the sector and at the public institutions, but many pursue careers at the most outstanding universities in the world, and thus maintain the tradition of METU success and excellence.