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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Newport, RI, United States
The Department of Political Science provides students with essential knowledge of institutions and regimes, legislation and constitutional law, and the origins of war and peace while grounding them in the teachings of the great political philosophers.


Our program covers the full range of the discipline's subfields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Majors have the option of concentrating in either American government or international relations and comparative politics.

Led by a highly qualified, approachable faculty, our small classes provide students with the opportunity to interact closely with each other and with their professors. Our challenging curriculum teaches students how to gather relevant information, form logical and clear arguments and articulate their thoughts.

With extensive training in research, analysis, writing and public speaking, our majors are well prepared for both graduate programs and professional careers. While many attend law school, others find success in such fields as international relations, intelligence and law enforcement, lobbying and business.

Through the University's accelerated program, highly motivated and qualified undergraduates can earn both a bachelor's degree in political science and a master’s degree in international relations within five years.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • The American Political System
  • How to Rule the World: Intro to International Relations 
  • Classical Political Philosophy
  • Modern Political Philosophy 
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Comparative Politics 
  • American Government: Classic and Contemporary Readings 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application.
  • $50 application fee.
  • Official high school transcript, including grades from the senior year.
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a guidance counselor and one from the teacher of your choice).
  • Personal essay.
  • SAT/ACT scores (our CEEB code is 3759). Please note that scores are optional unless you are applying as a nursing or education major.
  • Home-schooled applicants must submit a copy of all course descriptions and a portfolio of work. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1280 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1280 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1280 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1280 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Newport

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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