The Department of Political Science was established as an independent Department in the college of Arts in 1991. Prior to that time political science courses were offered by the department of Social and Human Sciences as a minor. Since the establishment of the department, it has started to offer an undergraduate degree in Political Science. The Master’s in International Political Economy was offered by the department in 1999. The department currently has about 266 students including 40 graduate students and 226 at the undergraduate level. The department has 12 faculty members with different academic ranks. It also offers a minor in Political Science for students from other departments and majors.
The department strives to be distinguished through its faculty members, course planning/offerings and curriculum. The department is looking forward to establishing a PhD program in Political Science. This initiative intends to fulfill the department’s future plans and subsequently help in preparing students who can work on developing the community they serve in order to overcome the challenges facing it using both the education and training instilled in them.
The mission of the Department is to help students identify the theoretical and methodological issues and the main political currents in the field of contemporary political science by offering different courses on political systems, political concepts, thoughts and international relations.