¬†The Department of Political Science was established¬† in the first semester of the academic year 1991/1992.¬† Previously Political Science courses were taught within the Department of Human and Social Sciences which in turn was divided into several departments including the Social Science Department.¬† At present, there are 360 students at the Department which also offers a minor specialization in Political Science to a large number of students in other faculties.
There are 11 faculty members teaching at the Department who enjoy a good level of experience and academic proficiency.
The study plan which was prepared for the bachelor's degree level is a comprehensive and well integrated one which includes comparison between systems of government.¬† There are academic courses in Western, Arab, Islamic and Jordanian political thought. In addition, there is a set of courses which concentrates on the development of the student's research and creative abilities such as the courses related to scientific research and to studies related to political, economic and social problems in various areas of the world.¬† In the first semester of the academic year 1999-2000 the Department established a master's degree program in International Political Economy.
In addition to its teaching and research tasks, the Department aims at forging links with the departments of Political Science in sister and friendly universities to create an academic cooperation that is positively reflected on the teaching and research process among faculty members as well as students.¬† The Department also hosts teachers and lecturers who are well-versed in Jordanian and international political topics.¬† Starting from the Department's firm belief in networking with local community, the Department's faculty members give lectures and hold symposiums in Jordanian universities, institutes, schools and forums to shed light on political topics that concern both the country and its people.
Academic Programs Offered by the Department :
1. A bachelor's degree in Political Science.¬† There are 220 students at the Department which also offers a minor specialization in Political Science for a large number of the Faculty of Arts students as well as students studying at the departments of other faculties.
2. A master's degree program in Internal Political Economy.¬† About Forty ¬†students are currently working in this program.