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Program overview
3 - 4 Years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2020

Program description

BA Degree in Political Science

Constant political change and upheaval dominate our lives today. Go behind the headlines to discover the structures and ideas that shape global politics, and open up a wide range of exciting career possibilities with this BA.

Whether it’s doing postgraduate study or working in government, international organisations, NGOs, business, social enterprises, finance, law, or the media, the choice will be yours.

You’ll focus on three core areas of Political Science: political thought, political systems and public policy, going from the theory of each to real world political situations.

Like our other programs, our BA in Political Science is based on the American liberal arts tradition, which offers a multi-disciplinary approach, combining areas of study from the Humanities. That’s why your first year will include Scientific Reasoning and Creative Expression, as well as The Global Cold War and Comparative Political Systems.

Admission requirements

3 Year Pathway

  • A Levels: CCC or equivalent

All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

4 Year Pathway

  • A Levels: 96 UCAS points
  • US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
  • International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1)
  • BTEC National Diploma: MMM
  • Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

3 Years Pathway (Core Modules & Electives)

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Foundations of Politics
  • The Global Cold War
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Research & Writing I
  • Creative Expression

Spring Semester

  • Rich World Poor World
  • Introduction to IR
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Research & Writing II
  • Scientific Reasoning

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Evolution of International Systems
  • Major Political Thinkers
  • Intro to Macroeconomics
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • British Politics
  • Global Dev Politics
  • Research Methods and Practices
  • Political Economy
  • Elective

Year 3

Fall Semester

  • Senior Seminar I
  • Policy Making Globalized World
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • Senior Seminar II
  • Liberty, Justice, Equality
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

4 Yeas Pathway

Core Modules

Year 1

  • The Global Cold War
  • Foundations of Politics
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Transitions I
  • Transitions II
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Creative Expression
  • Research and Writing I
  • 2 QCF Level 3 Electives

Year 2

  • Rich World/Poor World
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Evolution of International Systems
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Major Political Thinkers
  • 4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives

Year 3

  • Global Development Politics
  • Political Economy: Capitalism and its Critics
  • British Politics
  • Research Methods and Practices: Social Sciences

Year 4

  • Liberty, Justice, Equality: Contemporary Political Theory
  • Policy-Making in a Globalized World
  • Senior Seminar in Political Science 1
  • Senior Seminar in Political Science 2

Elective Modules

Year 3

Plus 2 of the following:

  • Power in the Americas
  • Political Communications
  • Rise Of The Right: History of Fascisms
  • Nationalism And Conflict
  • Critical Globalization Studies
  • Global Governance
  • Security Studies
  • US Grand Strategy
  • Miracle To Meltdown: East & Southeast Asia
  • Game Theory and Decision Methods
  • Politics Of The Middle East
  • Politics in the USA
  • Politics goes to Hollywood
  • The European Union in New International System
  • Islam and The West
  • Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Russian Politics and History
  • Modern China
  • Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

Year 4

Plus 6 of the following OR Internship and 4 of the following:

  • The American Presidency
  • Sustainable Development
  • Postcolonial Theory and Development
  • Culture, Power and Empire
  • Migration and Diasporas
  • Country Risk Analysis
  • International Relations Theory
  • International Political Economy
  • Conflict And Peace Studies
  • International Human Rights
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Global Energy Politics
  • Global News Analysis
  • Political Sociology: Power, State and Society
  • Citizenship: National and Global
  • Politics Of Environmentalism
  • Ethnicity and Identity
  • Gender, Politics and International Relations
  • Religion, Identity And Power
  • Democracy and Democratization

Tuition fees

  • £9,250 (UK/EU)
  • £14,750 (INT)
  • $38,000 (US)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Continuing studies

Further Education

London School of Economics and Political Science, Imperial College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, University of St Gallen

Career opportunities

Where do Richmond's Political Science graduates go?

Credit Suisse, Greenpeace USA, Stonewall,The United Nations Children’s Fund, World Bank

Career paths for Political Science graduates

Research, Teaching, Law, Consulting, Museums, Galleries, Media, Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Graduate Study/Academia

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Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond, The American International University in London

At Richmond, The American University in London we offer a Liberal Arts education renowned for its flexibility and broad-based curriculum. We have campuses in two of London’s premier area – Richmond and Kensington, where we also offer accommodation. Our liberal...

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Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP London
United Kingdom

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