School of Political Sciences and International Relations
Political Sciences and International Relations
Degree and Title:
Bachelor’s degree in Political Systems and Public Policies
Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies
Study Hours/Academic Levels:
137 credit hours/4 academic levels
The degree is designed for eight semesters, however, top students can complete their degree in less than four years if they pass the maximum number of credit hours allowed in one semester, including the summer semester.
Meet the Dean
Dr. Mohamed Safei-El-Din Kharboush
Dr. Safei El-Din received his Ph.D. in Political Sciences from Cairo University- Faculty of Economics and Political Science in 1989.
He headed various prestigious positions throughout his career including Head of Political Sciences Department – Cairo University ( 2013 – 2017), Head of Political Research and Studies Department – Post Graduate Institute for Arab Research and Studies – Cairo ( 2013 – 2015 ), Professor of Political Science – Faculty of Economics and Political Science – Cairo University (1999), Vice Dean – Faculty of Economics and Political Science – Cairo University (2002 – 2005), Vice Dean of Scientific Research and Postgraduate Studies – Al-Bayt University – Jordan (1998 – 1999).
Additionally, he was a Chairperson in the UNESCO Chair for Democracy and Human Rights – Al-Bayt University – Jordan (1995 – 1999), Assistant Director – Post Graduate Institute for Political, Strategic and Diplomatic Studies – Al-Bayt University – Jordan (1995 – 1998), Chairman in The National Council for Youth (Minister of Youth) – Egypt (2005 – 2011), Advisor to the Minister of Youth (2000 – 2005), and Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development-UAE (2015 – 2016).
Dr. Safei served as Head of the Board of Trustees – National Center of Middle East Studies – Cairo ( 2018), a Member of the Board of Trustees – Al Siyasa Al- Dawliya ( International Politics ) – Al Ahram Institution – Cairo – Egypt ( 2017), Member of Board of Trustees – Afaq Arabia ( Arab Prospects ) – General Institution for Information – Cairo – Egypt (2018), Vice Head of Board of Trustees – Center for Political Research and Studies -Cairo University (2002 – 2004), Scientific Advisor – Unit for Egyptian Revolution Studies – Al-Ahram Institution (1999 – 2000), Member of the Board of Trustees – Center for Middle East Studies – Amman –Jordan (1995 – 2000), Member of the Board of Trustees – Scientific Center for Political Studies – Amman – Jordan (1995), and Director of The Center for Arab Unity Studies – Cairo ( 1990).
The School of Political Sciences and International Relations is unique in being an independent college of political science, and not a part of the colleges of economics and political science, or economics and administrative sciences, or colleges of social sciences; which is common in most political science departments in Egyptian and Arab universities.
The School of Political Science encompasses two departments: Political Systems and Public Policies, and International Relations and Strategic Studies. This makes it able to prepare male and female researchers in new fields in internal political systems (public policy analysis) and international relations (strategic studies).
All students (in the first and second levels) study several basic courses in political systems and international relations.
Starting the third level, the student chooses one of the two specializations as a major and studies its in-depth courses.
Politics is all around us. Aristotle called it the “master science” because it influences all aspects of human life. Your education here, in The School of Political Sciences and International Relations, means that you are particularly well suited for research, analysis, and writing, skills required at myriad organizations and institutions.
The graduate degree provides you with an opportunity to develop a specialization in some areas of Political Sciences, it also can open new employment opportunities as you will be equipped with an understanding of the political institutions and systems that govern international relations. It also sharpens your understanding of organizational dynamics and human relations and hones your writing, communications, and analytical skills. After graduation, you will be able to pursue a political career in the city, state, or national government, work in a community, governmental, or non-governmental organization.
There are nonetheless a variety of career opportunities available to you Political Sciences students. However, it is not an easy task, it requires hard work, perseverance, and dedication which reflects a strong belief that you can make it. Never give up because great things take time.
Dr. Mohamed Safei-El-Din Kharboush
Dean of Political Sciences and International Relations
Dr. Mohamed Safei-eddin Karboush
Dr. Wafaa El Cherbini
Dr. Dina Jaccob
Dr. Nayera Hamed
Comparative Political Systems
An internet technology lab with PCs 30, 4 printers and 1 photocopier. Comfy seats, a whiteboard, a data show device, a display screen, a microphone, headphones, sound-system, Wi-Fi, and central air conditioning are all available in the lecture halls.
The central library, located on campus, contains a significant number of innovative Political Science books and publications in a relaxing, study-friendly environment. There are lounge areas, group study areas. The university provides a learning management system (LMS) to improve learning needs in all areas, including coursework, exams. Also, the system helps in students’ attendance registration and in uploading all the necessary required announcements.
Bachelor of Political Science
The total credits (137 Hours)
The study plan is divided into the following:
- Mandatory University requirements: all university students are to cover (2 credit hours).
- Elective University requirements: all University students are obliged to cover, (3 credit hours).
- Mandatory Faculty requirements: students are required to cover (60 credit hours).
- Specialization faculty requirements: students are required to cover (72 credit hours).
If you choose political science as a major, you’ll have a wide variety of options open to you after graduation. Your final decision about your major and career should consider your unique values, skills, personality traits, and interests.
If you are captivated by current events, want to influence public policy, and feel called to serve, political science is a worthwhile major to consider. Even if you do not wish to work in politics, political science can provide a solid foundation for a variety of careers.
In addition to jobs in politics, there are many other career options to consider. Political science majors develop strong writing and research skills. You will discover how to make a convincing argument and back it up with facts. Studying political science will hone your presentation and verbal communication skills as you will share your work with faculty and peers.
Political science majors refine your analytical skills while exploring policy initiatives and considering the ramifications of government actions. Critical thinking is vital to evaluating the platforms of political parties and the impact of leadership changes.
During your studies, political science majors will learn how power is acquired, how organizations are waged, and how public opinion can be influenced. You will study different models of leadership and will gain a historical perspective regarding the relative effectiveness of different approaches.
According to political science career experts, each of the following types of careers is one where a political science degree is a plus:
- Diplomat or foreign service officer
- Political scientist
- Political consultant
- Government official
- Policy analyst
- Legislative assistant
- Communications/public relations professional
- Public opinion researcher or pollster
- Elected or Appointed Positions at Local/State/National level
- Colleges & Universities
- Media Organizations
- Research Organizations
- Polling Organizations
- Think Tanks
- Special Interest Groups
- Consulting Firms
- Network/Cable/Public Broadcasting Stations
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Political Interest Groups
- Radio Stations
News & Events
Curricular Concentration: Literature/Science/Science and Mathematics
Percentage: A minimum of 60%
Applicant score should add up to a minimum of 60% after conversion for all certificates.