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The B.A. in Political Science: Extended Major program at Anglo-American University is offered by the School of International Relations & Diplomacy and aims to give its graduates tools to explain and understand the complexities of our era.
The curriculum offers a balanced mix of courses on political and international relations theory, philosophy, economy, and history which is complemented by a range of skills-oriented courses in writing and research or classes increasing proficiency in foreign languages.
Students learn about how political processes and institutions function and affect societies and individuals beginning with theoretical profile courses that instruct students on categories of regimes and governmental systems, types of electoral systems, and heterogeneous voting trends.
The curriculum then offers students instruction on both U.S. and European political institutions as well as on the political economy and conflict resolution. Together, the core courses offered in the program enable students to develop a broad understanding of the nature of political change as instruction is not limited to one regional or temporal context.
Students are also required to learn about the conceptual intricacies associated with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and to demonstrate how analytical concepts can inform our analyses of political phenomena.
“AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don’t necessarily connect to my coursework—conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. AAU has helped me and my club get in touch with event-organisers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organised by the famous Forum 2000 conference.”Veronika Bartáková, IR student, President of Diplomatic Club
Beyond the classroom, you can join student clubs like Diplomacy or Model UN, practice your debate skills at a faculty-student debate or discuss current political issues with professors and local experts at an event like ‘Professors in the Pub’.
AAU’s Career Center also connects students with numerous professional internships in the Czech Republic and abroad every year.
As of January 2021, AAU is a Member of the European Consortium for Political Research. ECPR is the leading scholarly society for political scientists in Europe with over 300 institutional members in nearly 50 countries. This will allow AAU students and faculty to participate in ECPR events and become members of some of its standing groups.
Political Science: Extended Major is a 3-year study program. To graduate, students must accumulate 90 US credits (180 ECTS credits) by completing 30 courses.
This program does not include a specific concentration, instead, students are required to take more major courses which allow for more choice of electives.
General Education Courses
Computer Information Systems
Intro to Economic Thought
One of the two:
World History II
European History II
Introduction to Politics (Politics I)
Political Philosophy I
Political Philosophy II
Nations and Nationalism
Central and East European Politics
The United States and Global Civil Rights
One of the two:
Intro to Sociology
Intro to Law
One of the two:
Radicalization Trends in Party Politics
Democratization and Survival of Autocrats
One of the two:
International Relations Research Methods
Social Science Research Methods
One of the two:
West Europe Politics
5 Political science electives
On top of that students are also required to complete, the Thesis Seminar, Internship, and Thesis module.
Open Electives Module
Students can choose 5 elective courses offered by the School of International Relations & Diplomacy or electives offered by any other school at AAU.
Graduates of the B.A. in Political Science can expect to:
Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, institutions, and structures on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge.
Develop the ability to formulate logical inferences about political phenomena and evaluate these through appropriate theories and methods of political science.
Develop knowledge on basic factual information in the discipline including the fields of comparative politics, American and EU politics, political philosophy, development studies, and conflict resolution.
Assess the effects of various political structures on individuals and societies to determine which are more likely to promote equality, freedom, justice, and other values.
Discuss and debate basic theories, levels of analysis, and empirical evidence used in the relevant scholarly literature on public opinion, elections, and institutions.
AAU graduates thrive in multinational environments and are able to communicate professionally in English to international audiences. As a graduate of this degree program, you will be well equipped to continue your studies or pursue a global career in areas such as:
Social Research and Publishing
Public Opinion Data Interpretation
Reporting and Administration
Humanitarian Government or NGO’s
Anglo-American University offers a wide range of undergraduate programs across five different schools as well as in cooperation with international partners. You can enter AAU as a first-year student or if you have credits that are transferable, you can apply as a transferring student. The process of application is straight forward and a dedicated admission counselor is always available to assist you and answer any questions you might have.
Decide which program suits you best
The first step is to decide on the program you would like to study. Currently, we offer 108 (sic!) undergraduate programs across six schools including the combined Global Degree Program we deliver in cooperation with Kent State University, USA.
Prepare and collect required documents
Once you decide on the program of your choice it is time to prepare the documents. You will be able to upload them directly via the AAU Application Portal once you start your application.
High School Diploma
High School Transcript
English Language Exam Results
Copy of Passport / ID
Passport Size Photo
*For Transferring StudentsPlease note that the transcript must be sent directly from your university in a sealed envelope.
In order to apply please register and submit an online application via the AAU Application Portal. There is a non-refundable CZK 2,000 application fee that can be submitted online through the portal. You will be also able to submit all required documents directly through the portal.
Prepare for an Interview
Once your application is reviewed by the admissions counselor, an interview with the Dean/Assistant Dean of the school you are applying to will be conducted. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about Anglo-American University, but also for the Dean’s Office to learn more about you. The interview can be carried either online or in person.
Wait for Final Decision
The Admissions Office will notify you through e-mail of the outcome of your application one week from the date of your interview.