Department Head Ömer TuranProf.

Department of International Relations offers three undergraduate programs: International Relations, Political Science and European Union Studies. The department also provides an MA Program in International Relations focusing on Regional Studies and a PhD Program in Political Science.

Within the first two years, all of the three programs offer joint or similar basic courses. By the third year, the programs begin to differ from each other, as each program starts offering different core courses. All of the programs benefit from a common pool, which hosts a wide range of elective courses. For instance, while an International Relations student takes ‘International Law and International Organizations’ as a core course, a Political Science student can take a different core course such as Political Sociology or Social Policy. The core courses of one program can be taken as an elective course by the students of other programs.

Our object for all three programs is to offer an education that encourages multi-dimensional, critical, analytic, and creative thinking. In this manner, we can endow the students with the necessary knowledge and means of analysis, helping them become skillful in a framework of rapidly transforming international system under the current economic crisis. Within this framework, multidimensional knowledge on Turkey and its neighboring regions are also provided. Our students have opportunities to spend one or two semesters abroad with many international exchange programs, mainly Erasmus. Those opportunities are actively seized by our students.

Carefully observing global issues such as global economic crisis, ecological issues, social movements, political perspectives, state structures and so on closely; our curriculum is being constantly updated and elaborated in line with the recent developments. Not a unilateral transformation of knowledge, but a genuine and productive instructor-student relation and sophisticated discussions are aimed at in all courses.

In collaboration with European Institute and Center for Migration Research, our department hosts prestigious national and international events.