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Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science was formed in 2002. Since then, our goal has been to prepare undergraduate students majoring in political science who possess a broad outlook, fundamental theoretical knowledge of political reality, creative thinking and analytical skills.
A key part of our activity is to train the future generation of politicians, political analysts, policy advisers, political science and social science teachers, political technologists.
The Department aims at delivering fundamental theoretical knowledge. However, the knowledge is not an end in the educational process, but a means. In modern science, theoretical knowledge is focused on the practical application. Social Sciences and Humanities reflect social reality not only in abstract form, revealing the general laws, but they also have a huge potential to change the reality. Therefore, it is necessary to be guided by the following scheme in modern political education: political theory (theoretical models) → political technologies → practical changes in political reality.
In this respect, the transition from empirical and descriptive thinking to creative mind developing is crucial. The purpose of the learning process is not to present students with factual information but to help them to build professional thinking and behavior in simulated situations.
Head of Department
Associate prof. Hovhaness Sarkisyan, Ph.D.
Academic Programs
Master’s: National Security, Applied Political Science
National Security
The curriculum of National Security Master’s program is aimed to create basic cultural and professional competencies based on corresponding needs and requirements of students and employers. 
It is a full-time 2-year program including the period allocated for the scientific research. It is aimed to substantiate the elaboration of a strategic culture and an efficient national policy based on comprehension of the specifics of national identity in terms of globalization and integration processes. The other subject of this program is to elaborate strategies and projects for creating and implementing the national political course through the state bodies, as well as to ensure an expert level analysis in the sphere of national policy in the context of military-political, economic, energetic, demographic, information and religious security.  
Applied Political Science
It is a full-time 2-year program. The spectrum of competencies foreseen by the end of the program allows graduates to project political campaigns, sociological research of the political processes, to organize management processes in the power structures, in the apparatus of political parties, in the bodies of local government, media etc., as well as to take part in electoral campaigns organization and to run a consulting (political) business. The objects of Master students’ professional activities are the political systems, processes and campaigns, the social opinion and the electoral behavior, as well as the political management activities, consulting and communicative activities.  
Ph.D.: Political Institutions, Processes and Technologies, Theory and Philosophy of Politics, History and Methodology of Political Science

Political Institutions, Processes and Technologies
Upon graduation, the alumni of this program will have professional competencies to conduct scientific research in the following areas: political processes, political technologies, political management, political marketing, political negotiations, political institutions, issues of security.
The professional activities of the Ph.D. alumni can be directed at:
  • scientific-research activities in the sphere of Political Science and public politics of Armenia and Russia
  • academic teaching activities in the sphere of  Political Science and public politics.
Theory and Philosophy of Politics, History and Methodology of Political Science
Upon graduation, the alumni of this program will have professional competencies to conduct scientific research in the following areas: history of politics, history of Political Science, philosophy of politics, methodology of Political Science, common political theory, particular political theories, interdisciplinary issues of political sociology, theory of the law, economic theory etc. The objects of Ph.D. program’s alumni in this sphere are:
  • history of Political Science
  • theories revealing the essence of political processes and relations, consistent patterns of their development, mechanisms of political changes in the regional and world political realities, issues of political culture and political behavior, problems of ensuring a normative basis for political system functioning.
Subjects taught within the scope of our activities
Bachelor’s: Introduction to Profession, History of Political Thought, Theory of Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Rhetoric, Politics and Religion, Political Conflict, Political Ideology, Politics and Law, The Main Directions of Modern Political Science.
Master’s: Political Philosophy, Methodology of Political Science, Politics and Economics, Political Sociology, Nationalism as a Concept in the Context of Globalization, Strategic Culture.
The discipline Introduction to Profession acquires a particular importance in the first year of undergraduate studies, since first year students tend not to be thoroughly acquainted with Social Sciences. The discipline defines the main terms of Political Science and the role of politics in society.