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AB in Political Science in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (AB PolSci) is a four-year degree program that centers on the study of the types of government, the history and forms of political institutions, political behavior, and political policies. It covers important areas of study including Philippine Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and Methodology, Public Administration, Political Dynamics, Local and Global Governance, and Research in Politics. 


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in AB in Political Science are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Fundamentals of Political Science

  • Introduction to the Philippine Government and Politics

  • Philippine Public Administration

  • Government and Politics of Southeast Asia

  • An Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics

  • Ancient and Medieval Political Theories

  • Modern Political Theories

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • International and Regional Organizations

  • Introduction to Political Analysis

  • Quantitative Analysis of Political Data


Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.


Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Certificate of Good moral character

  • Copy of honorable dismissal

  • Copy of high school diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture


Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Political Science are expected to be able to:

  • Discuss major concepts in the discipline

  • Conduct research initiatives through quantitative and qualitative methods

  • Apply theories and principles of the discipline on specific issues and problems

  • Critique current issues and problems on a historical and contemporary understanding of national and global context


On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in government offices, non-government organizations, or private businesses. 


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The AB in Political Science does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in Political Science may pursue a career path in government offices, non-government organizations, or private businesses. They may apply as a paralegal, public opinion researcher, corporate adviser for government relations, political consultant, or a professor. 

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Reviews of AB in Political Science graduates:

P. J.
◈ Studied AB Political Science
◈ At Lyceum of the Philippines University
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: I had plans of taking up Law as a post-graduate course and I was advised that AB Political Science offered a pretty good preparation for it.

list bulletMy current job: I have been a newspaper journalist for the past 17 years and yes, studying Political Science was a great help.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I failed to obtain a diploma because of some unsettled fees. However everything I learned in college were put to good use when I landed a job in the media.

I have been writing court stories and articles on corruption in government for years and sifting through piles of worthless materials was part of the job. Without a good foundation from my days in college, I think the work would have been a lot tougher.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Got my first job just weeks after the semester ended but it was as ambient air quality technician for a multinational environment/engineering firm. I believe I was able to sweet talk the people there into hiring me. I got pretty good at it too.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: If you love reading, discoursing and analyzing public policies, political theories and just every other controversial postulation then you should try AB Political Science.

If you enjoy putting forward an idea and defending it tooth-and-nail, this is the course for you.

It does not offer a specific career after graduation but it will prepare you to speak your mind clearly - or to write them with more authority.

As a reporter, rubbing elbows with powerful and famous personalities is an everyday thing. It also gives one opportunities to shape public opinion and expose social injustice.

Other than journalism, Political Science graduates may also consider public relations, business development and marketing jobs for better pay.
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