Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Major of the Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

The bachelor’s degree program in Political Science gives students a mastery of methods and content, providing them them with scientific knowledge of contemporary politics.

The degree program offers a solid preparation for a wide variety of professions, many linked to newly developed or developing subjects in the globalizing world. In the first year, it is possible to choose between two majors: Scienze Politiche (in Italian) and Politics, Philosophy and Economics, held entirely in English.

Program Insights

The Department of Political Science offers a major in Italian in Scienze Politiche and one in English in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

The bachelor's degree program in Political Science is aimed at giving students a mastery of methods and content, which will provide them with scientific knowledge of contemporary politics. For this purpose, the program provides an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, which includes economics, politics, philosophy, law, sociology, history and communications. This is designed to encourage the ability – essential in order to understand contemporary politics – to grasp the relationships between the economic system, the political system and institutional structures. Teaching is mainly done through lectures, as at least for the first phase of university, this methodology remains the most effective. The department then offers students the chance to further develop their skills in specific areas during workshops and laboratories.

The underlying idea, which has already been successful in several countries, is to offer the foundation needed to master political and institutional phenomena, debates on fundamental questions of our time, and the economic aspect of contemporary reality.

Considerable focus is given to languages. At the end of their studies, graduates in Political Science will have perfected their knowledge and mastery – both written and oral – of English and another foreign language (including Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and German). Language instruction is provided by native speakers and done throughout the program, with evaluations by specialized institutions. This is followed by a language and academic/specialized skills module taught by Luiss professors, which is completed with an exam and assignment for a grade and credits.

The Politics, Philosophy and Economics major is open only to students with advanced proficiency in English, who continue to work on Academic English for Social Studies as well as one or two other foreign languages.

Admission procedure

Get information about taking the admission test.

Study Plan

I year – 2020-2021

CourseCredits
Contemporary History8
Sociology8
Microeconomics8
Statistics8
Public Law8
Behavioral Economiics and Psychology8
History of Political Thought (Distributive Justice)8
Political Philosophy8

II year – 2021-2022

CourseCredits
International Law8
Political Science8
Methods of Social Research8
European Union Law8
International Relations8
Macroeconomics8

III year – 2022-2023

CourseCredits
History of Political Institutions8
Political Sociology8
Political Economy of Development8

Activities for both majors

ActivityCredits
2 Elective courses12
First language (English)8
Second language8
Workshop of data analysis for economics and political science6
Workshop of computer skills2
Other activities4
Final work4
Total Credits180

For all majors

Students must choose their major upon enrollment.

Elective courses (12 credits)

At the end of the second year, students must choose two electives courses for a total of 12 credits. Courses are chosen through Web Self Service. Available courses

First language (English) (8 credits)

The course lasts five or six semesters and begins in the I semester of the I year. Levels beginning with C1.1 begin in the II semester of the I year.University Language Center

Second language (obligatory) (8 credits)

The course lasts five semesters and begins in the II semester of the I year. Language courses are selected through Web Self Service in the I semester.University Language CenterFinal work The final project for the bachelor's degree program requires students to write a paper on a topic in which they have taken a course. Students are not required to defend their thesis orally.More information

Activities offered

Activity Time periodCourse content
Academic writing workshopObligatory II semester II yearThe workshop teaches students to write clearly, concisely and free of errors, all essential in writing a bachelor's thesis.
Workshop of data analysis for economics and political science (6 credits)Obligatory both semesters II yearModern society relies increasingly on data and statistics to understand a country or society and to lay the basis for decision-making processes in political, economic and social fields.Students who participate in the workshop will learn where to find relevant data from a thematic point of view and from a geographic point of view, to process it and use the obtained results.
Workshop of computer skills (2 credits)Obligatory I year I semesterThe course offers a basic understanding of modern digital technology.Course topics: the concept of data, information and its coding; software and hardware components that are the basis of digital devices used in the business environment; the main characteristics of modern communication networks and protocols, web architecture, cloud computing, software application as a solution to specific problems, algorithms and programming, databases and Big Data, computer security, the risks of malware and the exposure of sensitive information for both individuals and companies.In order to pass the final exam, students must first pass prerequisite exams
Job Opportunities

This bachelor’s degree program provides solid preparation for a wide range of professions, many linked to newly developed or developing subjects in the globalizing world.

At the end of the three-year program, graduates will be ready for decision-making roles, obtained through competitions open to bachelor’s degree graduates or more direct forms of personnel selection preceded by internships in the ranks of public administration, of national and international institutions, private businesses, in sectors related to organization, management of human resources and external relations, as well as public and private entities that operate internationally and in communications.

However, the main outlet of the bachelor’s degrees has so far consisted in admission to a master’s degree program (or to a first-level master), in the awareness that the knowledge and interdisciplinary experience acquired in the three-year period needs to be refined and completed in order to be better appreciated by the world of work. The master’s degree programs at Luiss and the various specialization courses are designed to meet these objectives.

Double Degrees & other International Opportunities

Exchange Programs

LUISS University offers a broad selection of exchange opportunities with over 187 academic partnerships in 42 countries.

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Numbers
2.6

Months between graduation and first job

1:7

Luiss Professor/student ratio

28

Additional study abroad progams

44

Countries with active partner universities

223

Number of agreements

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