BA - Political Science (3+1 years)
The BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE program offered by UPES is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in Political Science and Public Policy, while also allowing them to explore connections with other disciplines such as history, economics, and sociology. Through case studies and field-based research, students gain a deeper understanding of the political landscape and its impact on society.
By taking a transdisciplinary approach, the program emphasizes the interconnections between various social science disciplines and sub-fields of Political Science, including contemporary Indian politics, comparative politics, political economy, climate, and international relations. This approach is essential in tackling real-world challenges that require a holistic understanding of socio-political and economic issues. The faculty, renowned internationally, employs contemporary methodologies to develop students' critical thinking skills and their ability to analyze causalities and processes, enabling them to propose solutions to real-world problems.
The BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE program spans four years and consists of 54 credits for core courses. Additionally, students have the opportunity to choose a second major from allied disciplines such as history, economics, or sociology. This flexibility enables students to pursue a well-rounded and comprehensive curriculum that aligns with their interests and career goals. Furthermore, students can select elective courses from within the program and the school, allowing them to tailor their education to specific areas of interest and explore diverse subjects related to Political Science.
- The BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE program offers access to the Archival Ideation Lab, which trains students in History and Political Science on conducting original research using documents spanning the eighteenth century to contemporary times. This includes rare documents not available in the public domain or any other global repository.
- Students receive dedicated guidance from faculty and career services to prepare strong applications for top 250 global universities, with a focus on meeting December-January deadlines.
- Faculty continue to mentor students who are not interested in pursuing an academic career, assisting them in securing industry-specific roles through UPES' career services.
- Swapaksha - The Philosophical society led by research degree students, this debating society organizes debates and roundtables focused on policies and ideas in History and Politics. It publishes a biannual webzine featuring outstanding student write-ups and helps students enhance their research arguments while preparing for group discussions and interviews.
- In their eighth semester, students have the opportunity to be placed as fellows in Vidhan Sabhas, NGOs, Embassies, Think Tanks, and other relevant institutions, providing them with practical experience and exposure in their field of interest.
- The program's club assists students in sharpening their research arguments and helps prepare them for group discussions and interviews, both in academia and industry, enhancing their overall employability.
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A BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE program offers students a comprehensive understanding of core theories and concepts in Political Science and Public Policy. Through this program, students develop the ability to connect theoretical concepts with real-world empirical material and apply their knowledge practically. The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, including Indian politics, democratic institutions, citizenship, gender issues, contemporary social, political, economic, and policy matters in India, as well as international relations, climate, and sustainability. Graduates of this program possess a comparative orientation that enables them to effectively address socio-political and economic challenges and propose innovative solutions. They acquire the skills to identify complex policy and governance issues, analyze causal relationships, and think creatively to solve policy puzzles. Overall, a BA/B.Sc. in Political Science equips students with a strong foundation in political analysis and prepares them for various career paths in politics, public administration, policy-making, research, and other related fields.
A BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE offers diverse career opportunities in various sectors. Students gain practical experience and problem-solving skills that make them suitable for roles in the private sector, industry, policy-based government, and non-governmental think tanks. With faculty guidance and hands-on training, students can pursue MA/PhD positions in internationally renowned institutions. In India, Political Science holds significant importance for public and administrative services, making the B.Sc. in Political Science program at SoLS an excellent choice for those aiming for a civil services career. This undergraduate program provides in-depth knowledge focused on South Asia, catering to the needs of aspiring civil servants.
The BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE equips students with a deep understanding of political systems, international relations, public policy, and governance. This comprehensive knowledge prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in government, non-profit organizations, research institutions, think tanks, advocacy groups, and more. Students pursuing a BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE can actively seek out internships, volunteer work, and research opportunities during their academic tenure to enhance their practical skills and build a strong professional network. These experiences, coupled with the theoretical foundation provided by the program, can significantly increase their employability.
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The minimum eligibility criteria for BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE to be fulfilled by interested students is as follows: 50% in 10th & 12th Any Stream.
- Math/Eco/ Pol.Sc. in 12th will be preferred.
- Non-Mathematics background students will undergo Remedial Mathematics module in Semester 1
The process of selection criteria for students interested in pursuing BA in POLITICAL SCIENCE offered by UPES is based on the individual's performance in Aptitude Test / Valid JEE Score / CUET.