The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (BAPS) program of the Far Eastern University aims to provide students with an extensive and analytical understanding of the theoretical and functional aspects of Philippine politics and foreign relations. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in civil service and in various domestic and international non-government organizations.
By equipping them with the necessary competencies, students can freely pursue higher studies in political science, its various fields and allied disciplines such as Philippine studies, international studies, international relations, and comparative politics.
BAPS graduates belong to Level VI (Baccalaureate) of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) under qualification code number 60312 as well as under the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF). The program also offers special courses on the Philippine Constitution, International Law and Introduction to Law to prepare students for the Juris Doctor or law degree should they wish to train to become professional lawyers.
The program has been granted Level II Reaccredited Status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAP) and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). It welcomes all interested students from any senior high school track who pass the FEU College Admission Test.
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The Department of Political Science aims to produce responsive and competitive Political Science graduates trained in the core values of fortitude, excellence and uprightness.
It aspires to be the center of academic research in the field of politics and governance.
Political science program is one of the best preparatory course for the study of law and master’s degree in the social sciences area. Among others, political science offers careers in the following:
Public corporations / organizations
Private corporations / organizations
National government agencies
Local government agencies
Interest groups and associations
Specifically, a political science graduate may become:
Congressional Office / Committee Staffer
Corporate Adviser for Governmental Relations
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Corporate Social Policy Analyst
Foreign Service Officer
Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
Public Opinion Analyst
Urban Policy Planner
The first two years of the Political Science program focuses mostly on General Education (GE) courses designed to hone learners’ core competencies such as critical and analytic thinking, oral and written communication skills and independent learning.
Using a liberal approach to education, GE courses such as Scholarly Inquiry and Purposive Communication prepare learners for advanced professional courses and research work required later in the curriculum.
To ensure a solid foundation across all facets of the discipline, the program offers a comprehensive curriculum covering Philippine national and local government units, Philippine relations with neighboring Asian countries, European, and American regions. Methodologically, the program offers courses on political theories, political analysis, research, and on the job training to its students.
The program does not only prepare students for careers in the government, and numerous domestic and international organizations, it also equips them with the strong theoretical, empirical, and methodological competencies necessary for pursuing higher studies in the various fields of political science and its allied courses such as Philippine Studies, International Studies, International Relations, and Comparative Politics, among others.
The major and elective courses of the program are handled by competent and experienced faculty members with relevant master’s degrees, and some with doctoral degrees, aligned to its different courses.
The program also offers special courses on the Philippine Constitution, International Law and Introduction to Law to prepare students for the Juris Doctor or law degree. These courses are handled by experienced and competent lawyers.
The BA Political Science program has been carefully crafted to empower our students into becoming independent, lifelong learners as future political science professionals, educators and civil servants. Thus, this program utilizes several teaching-learning approaches focused on learners’ needs and capabilities, such as:
Student-centered learning. The program adheres with the University’s educational philosophy and learning paradigm which emphasizes active and dynamic learning to develop the higher-order thinking skills of our students. These skills include critical and analytic thinking, which are crucial in understanding foundational theories as well as in appreciating the complexities of issues in politics and other related fields of social sciences. Under this approach, faculty are expected to design engaging classroom activities which encourage collaboration and independence among students.
Didactic approach. BA Political Science utilizes a variety of lectures, discussions and case studies in developing theoretical and foundational knowledge in political science and other allied fields of humanities and social sciences.
Interdisciplinary approach. The BAPS program recognizes that the field of political science intersects vastly with other fields of studies. As such, courses commonly utilize multidisciplinary lenses in analyzing concepts and issues in the field. Also, the liberal GE courses complement the professional BAPS courses with additional inputs in the humanities and social sciences.
Blended learning. The program recognizes the changing technological landscape which our current generation of learners must navigate. Geared towards ubiquitous and independent learning, some courses are delivered through a mix of online virtual classrooms, self-study modules and face-to-face sessions. The University utilizes Canvas, a world-class learning management system to facilitate this mode of delivery.
Research-based approach. Aside from didactic and demonstrative approaches, the program utilizes case studies and research-based materials to ensure that learners are provided with updated knowledge and practices in the field. Moreover, the program encourages learners to develop and pursue their research interests.
Assessment and Research
Completion of courses under the program is dependent on the accomplishment of assessment tasks negotiated by the teacher and students in each semester.
As the program values student learning not only as a product but also as a process, formative assessments which are conducted during the learning process are done to monitor and give feedback about students’ works. These formative assessments lead to summative assessments which focus on evaluating student learning at the end of the instructional unit and course.
Veering away from traditional paper-and-pencil tests, the program also makes use of authentic and non-traditional assessments to better exhibit learning outcomes intended for the course and the program. This authentic assessment comes in the form of creative capstone projects which serve as a culmination of all relevant learning experiences for the course. Moreover, most of these capstone projects come in the form of research-based outputs to instill in students the habit of making research-informed choices in teaching and learning.
Aside from research-based outputs as capstone projects, the BAPS program also requires students to complete their own thesis before they can graduate. The course PSC1109 (Research Proposal) is undertaken during the second semester of their third year in the program while PSC1112 (Research Output) is completed in their second semester in the fourth year level.
Learners must complete a total of 2,628 hours of course work, excluding the number of hours of field work under the 6-unit practicum. They also must have a minimum quality point average (QPA) of 2.4 by the end of their four-year program.