AB Political Science

Program Description

Political Science is the systematic study of politics and governments.  As an Academic discipline, it seeks to teach and integrate insights of the leading political philosophers and practitioners in the actual political world.  A major in Political Science emphasized the development of an independent and creative thinker who is capable of applying theoretical concepts into a workable empirical research that may illuminate the processes and structures of politics.  The levels of analysis of a Political Science major will ranger from the beliefs and practices of bigger entities such as groups, states, and the international system.

The AB Political Science Program provides the necessary professional skills and tools for careers in international relations, all areas of law, government services, foreign affairs, academe, research organizations of humanitarian, social and business concerns as well as international finance and trade.

AB Political Science provides its graduates with a solid background in international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and public management.  The program is designed to train students in critical and analytical thinking and leadership.  The program is enhanced by an internship, a Junior Term Abroad, and service-learning course.

Tracks and Specialization

AB Political Science has no tracks and specialization, however, students are allowed to take any minor(s) offered by the Loyola Schools except those that are administered by the Political Science Department.  

Programme Specification Overview

Awarding Body and Teaching Institution: Ateneo de Manila University
Academic Unit: Loyola Schools
Name of School: School of Social Sciences
Name of Department: Department of Political Science
Program Title: AB Political Science
Program Level: Undergraduate
Name of the Final Award: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Admission Criteria: ACET, SAT or IB DIPLOMA
Retention Criteria: 1.8 – Freshmen; 1.9 – Sophomores
2.0 – Juniors and Seniors
Shifting Criteria: No grade in the Social Sciences lower than a C
Mode of Study/ Study Scheme: Full-time
Required Credit Units: 136 academic units
Medium of Instruction: English
Length of Program: 4 years (8 Semesters and 1 Intersessions)
Statutory Body Accreditation: PAASCU Level III
CHED Autonomous University
CHED Center of Development

Programme Learning Outcomes

The following articulates the learning outcomes of the AB Political Science Program. All AB Political Science graduates are expected to:

Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes

CCLO 1 Demonstrate effective communication skills (listening and speaking, reading, and writing) in English and Filipino
CCLO 2 Evaluate information and issues in various spheres of life using mathematical reasoning and statistical tools to process and manage data
CCLO 3 Propose ways to address pressing social and ecological problems using appropriate critical approaches and scientific methodologies
CCLO 4  Develop a creative and moral imagination that is responsive to contemporary global realities and challenges, but also deeply rooted in local histories, conditions, norms, and institutions
CCLO 5 Internalize the significance and value of her/his own unique existence and purpose in life in light of Christian faith
CCLO 6 Discern life choices with a keen awareness of ethical dilemmas and considerations
CCLO 7 Exemplify a commitment to enhancing human life and dignity, especially of those who are excluded and in greatest need
CCLO 8 Practice a vision of leadership and committed citizenship rooted in Christian humanism

Major Curriculum Learning Outcomes

MPLO 1 Explain theories relevant to each field of political science.
​MPLO 2 Investigate issues in local/national/global contexts by applying appropriate theories.
​MPLO 3 Appraise different political models and practices across contexts/fields.
​MPLO 4 Recommend solutions to issues/challenges of societies guided by the standards of scientific & ethical practices.
​MPLO 5 Influence key stakeholders & communities to commit themselves to meaningful actions promoting social justice.
​MPLO 6 Develop a sense of citizenship that fosters democratic participation, civil engagement and sustainable development.
​MPLO 7 Build a path that connects one’s personal and societal goals.

Retention Policies

The AB Political Science Program follows the  “Rules on promotion, graduation, and separation of a student from the Loyola Schools” (LS Student Handbook, p. 26):

  1. The promotion, graduation or separation of a student from the Loyola Schools is determined by the year’s QPI of the student. The year’s QPI is computed on the basis of the total load taken in the school year. A school year is normally defined as two semesters and the preceding Intersession.
  2. For unconditional promotion to sophomore year, a freshman should secure a year’s QPI of 1.80 or above at the end of the second semester of the academic year.
  3. The required year’s QPI at the end of the second semester of sophomore year for eligibility for junior year is 1.90.
  4. The required year’s QPI at the end of the second semester of junior year for eligibility for senior year is 2.00.
  5. The required year’s QPI at the end of the second semester of senior year for eligibility for the 5th year for those enrolled in a five-year undergraduate degree program is 2.00.
  6. The required year’s QPI for seniors and 5th year students for eligibility for graduation is 2.00.

Shifting Policies

The Department of Political Science provides this information for inquiries to Shifting, along with the Shifting Form to assist coordinators in evaluating shifting applications.

Name of Coordinator Email add Course
Mr. Gino Antonio P. Trinidad gtrinidad@ateneo.edu AB PoS
Dr. Pilar Precious P. Berse or
Dr. Maria Elissa J. Lao
Dr. Diana J. Mendoza    (Chair) dmendoza@ateneo.edu AB-MA PoS & AB PoS MPM

1.       Letter of Intent address to the Coordinator cc the Chair.
2.       Subjects & grades download from IPS
3.       Ateneo QPI of 2.0
4.       No grades lower than C in all Social Science subjects taken  (e.g. Ec, SA, Hi, EU)
5.       Send an email to the coordinator and cc the chair for interview schedule
6.       Make your own proposed IPS if you are incoming Junior

Last Updated: 30 August 2019