Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Study Political Science in Rome

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science has as its focus the theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of politics. It introduces students to the systematic analysis of political structures, institutions, issues and events. An understanding of the historical and behavioral aspects of political life in an increasingly globalized world is the foundation on which the academic curriculum for this degree is based.

We offer numerous merit-based Presidential Scholarships and need-based Assistance Grants.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts program in political science prepares students to identify, analyze, and critically interrogate relations of power and governance. Whether the particular topic is legislative systems, international relations, parties and elections, social movements, law, or political theory, coursework in political science provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the distribution, dynamics, and legitimization of political power.

JCU’s program and curriculum in political science has traditional strengths in the behavioral and historical study of American, European and international institutional politics, as well as global public policy, human rights, peace and conflict studies, and global political theory. Reflecting its special place in Rome as the birthplace of the European Union and as capital of both a political state (Italy) and an international religious faith (the Catholic Church), and of three international food organizations, JCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also offers a regional focus on politics in the European and broader Mediterranean context.

Degree requirements for the B.A. in Political Science.


This degree program will be of value to anyone planning a professional career with an international dimension. It prepares students for future work or graduate study in:

  • International Institutions
  • Global Development Organizations
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Service
  • Transnational Financial, Business and Law Firms and Corporations
  • Global Service and Advocacy


Baryali Waiz  

BARYALI WAIZ, Class of 2020
Baryali Waiz has been accepted at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City, where he will pursue a Master’s in Conflict Resolution.

Katie Kehoe  

KATIE KEHOE, Class of 2018
Katie Kehoe is currently waiting for admittance to a Master’s Degree in Teaching at Lewis and Clark College so she can teach science to young people. 

Alex Piscina  

ALEX PISCINA, Class of 2011 
Alex Piscina is currently a Human Resources Officer at the World Food Programme (WFP).



JCU’s Career Services Office connects students with hundreds of competitive internships per semester. By taking advantage of these services, you could graduate from college having completed an internship working in your desired field, from assisting in the US Embassy’s daily operations to drafting policy briefs at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Federica Biasin  

I had the opportunity to work with Il Sole 24 Ore Media factory in Rome, which gave me exposure to the multi-faceted operations of a newspaper. Read Federica Biasin's Testimonial

Sofiya Utkina  

My work at “Teach for Italy” gave me the ability to develop an in-depth understanding of the underlying issues that exist in the field of education in Italy. Read Sofiya Utkina's Testimonial

Rajesh Cecchini  

Thanks to my experience at RIDE, I was able to develop many skills, including time management, which is crucial when studying, working and taking part in sports at the same time. Read Rajesh Cecchini's Testimonial