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Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Politics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
International politics studies the political interactions and relationships among two or more transnational actors on the global stage, and the structure and context of the current globalized international system within which these interactions and relationships occur. The Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Politics program is offered by Salem State University.
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Historically, states have been the dominant transnational actors in the world, but in the twenty-first century these actors increasingly include non-state entities such as international governmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations, and transnational religious, ethnic, ideological, social, professional or criminal groups and movements.

Two concentrations (American Government, Law & Policy; and International Relations & Comparative Politics) are available, encompassing the main fields of study within the discipline of Political Science. These optional concentrations do not add to the total number of credits required for graduation.

Usually, students may transfer in no more than 15 credits of Political Science courses into the major (BA or BS). Additional transferred courses will have to be counted as free electives. There may be exceptions.

Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Politics is a highly appropriate and desirable second major for Education students, and we are happy to meet with current and prospective Education majors to discuss this option. Political Science is also a very attractive double-major or minor option for students in any other discipline, especially Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and World Languages and Culture.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding the Political World
  • Honors Understanding the Political World
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to American Politics

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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