Academics

In order to earn a Bachelor degree and graduate from SHSS, a student must complete a degree program. Each program includes a number of required courses to be taken at various levels as well as a large number of courses to be taken outside of the degree program.

Undergraduate programs

Political Science and International Relations

*Both major and minor are available in PSIR

The degree program in Political Science and International relations (PSIR) offers a flexible and applied degree that is designed to train the next generation of political scientists as well as provide a solid generalist degree to prepare students in variety of professions. It also provides excellent training for future graduate study.

With a B.A. in PSIR you will gain:

  • Analytical and methodological skills
  • The ability to build strong, compelling cases with solid proof to back it up
  • An understanding of how countries interact and build relationships
  • An understanding of human rights, politics, diplomatic and legal systems
  • An understanding of how politics are conducted and how we can learn to understand the political world around us

Where can I work with a degree in PSIR?

PSIR is a general degree that will open up your horizons to many different possibilities. Our program in PSIR is perfect for someone who is seeking to build a career in:

  • Public Sector
  • Legal Services
  • Private firms and Multinational organizations
  • Non-government Organizations
  • United Nations and other international organizations
Economics

*Both major and minor are available in Economics

The B.A. in Economics provides an undergraduate education in economics with a particular focus on its application to decision making not only in business, but also in the public sector and non-profit organizations. The program offers a terrific academic experience with an emphasis on skills and capabilities appropriate to the study of modern market economies and their relevance to decision making of economic entities.

With a B.A. in Economics you will: 

  • Understand how resources are used and how to allocate them in the most efficient and effective manner
  • Understand how households and firms interact individually and together
  • Understand the factors influencing income, wealth and well-being
  • Understand business and organizational decision-making and the design and implementation of economic policy by government agencies
  • Become competent in the use of use quantitative methods, including required mathematical and statistical methods on actual economic and financial data

Where can I work with a degree in Economics?

A B.A. in Economics is fundamental degree and education for anyone, which open many doors and provides opportunities to work in:

  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Government Entities
  • Non-government Organizations
  • Multinational Corporations
History, Philosophy and Religious Studies

*Both major and minor are available in History. Only minor is available in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

History is the study of the past. Studying History does not merely consist in the acquisition and reproduction of a standard knowledge of past events: it is about their continual discovery and critical appraisal.

Different sub-fields of History are defined on the basis of the time span covered (Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary History), of the geographic area concerned, or of the specific approach or viewpoint they involve. Therefore we talk about cultural history, intellectual history, diplomatic history, economic history, and so on. In many cases, the research and teaching interests of one historian encompass more than one sub-field.

With a degree in history you will be able to:

  • Understand familiar cultures, societies, and belief systems
  • Analyze how societies worked in the past and apply the knowledge to current situations
  • Critically assess other people's arguments and advance you own views in a clear and convincing manner
  • Identify, evaluate, and analyze large bodies of information

Where can I work with a degree in History?
Of course, the degree will prepare you to teach and research in the filed of history. But you do not have to be a historian with a B.A. in History, Rather, you will acquire a range of skills that will prepare you for work in such diverse areas as journalism, financial analysis, and law. Here are just some careers that history graduates pursue around the world:

  • Law
  • Management consultancy
  • Civil service
  • Marketing
  • Diplomacy
  • Financial services and analysis
  • Journalism
  • School teaching
  • Academic teaching and research

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Languages, Linguistics, and Literature

*Both major and minor are available in LLL. Minor in LLL is available in 3 tracks (optional): World languages, Literature, and Culture; Spanish and Hispanic Studies; French and Francophone Studies.

The degree program in Languages, Linguistics and Literature offers a flexible and applied degree that is designed to train the next generation of specialists in linguistics, languages and literature, as well as provide a solid generalist degree to prepare students in a variety of professions. This major program provides students with a focused familiarity with one of four languages, cultures, and history of the world: Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish and German. Students in LLL program can study everything from the history of the Theater, to the literature of Japan, to the way language is produced and processed in the human brain, varies and changes through time and space. By studying the programs offered by LLL department, students will gain a nuanced understanding of the intricacies of language, culture, poetry and literature, and will become critical and creative writers, and effective communicators. Students completing a degree in Languages and Literature may choose to specialize in one particular area or language, including Anglophone, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and others.

With a B.A. in Languages and Literature you will gain:

  • Cross-disciplinary expertise in literature, and expressive culture from across the world
  • Ability to express your thoughts in a coherent and cohesive manner
  • Ability to write compellingly, critically, persuasively, and creatively
  • Nuanced understanding of the intricacies of poetry, literature, and culture
  • Expertise in a particular language or family of languages
  • Expertise in multilingual translations, both written and oral
  • Understanding of linguistic diversity, language evolution, links between language and mind, society and landscape
  • Excellent training for future graduate studies at MA and PhD levels

Where can I work with a degree in Languages, Linguistics and Literature?

The degree program in Languages, Linguistics and Literature offers a flexible and applied degree that is designed to train new generation of specialists in a variety of professions in various industries, government positions and non-government organizations,including in journalism and publishing, museum work, library, advertising, public relations, education and language policy, computer industry, entertainment industry, hospitality and tourism, internet and digital media, technical writing, intelligence and law enforcement services, international relations. talented translators with a B.A. in Languages, Linguistics and Literature are needed almost everywhere. A degree in LLL will help you build a career in:

  • Public Sector
  • Museums and libraries
  • Publishing (newspapers, books, scripting, editing)
  • Academia (schools, universities)
  • Entertainment industry (creative writing for theater, television and cinema)
  • Government Entities
  • Non-government Organizations
  • United Nations and other international organizations
Sociology

*Both major and minor are available in Sociology

Sociology is the study of human society. Rather than investigating the motivations and behavior of individuals - which is what the field of psychology does - sociology focuses on group patterns in a wide range of contexts, from interactions at the "micro" level, to systematic processes at the "macro" or global level, and everything in between. Sociologists try to make the familiar strange, that is they look beyond superficial explanations in an attempt to understand the complexities of social phenomena. To do so, sociologists use a wide variety of research methods, including survey and questionnaires, statistical analysis, informal and in-depth interviews, participant observation and ethnography, and content and textual analysis. Sociology is also a very broad field, with sub-fields focused on the main social institutions (family, work and economy, religion, education, politics, and media), the social divisions (including race/ethnicity, gender and social class), and a variety of other areas, from culture, the environment, and migration to organizations, sport, and social psychology.

With a B.A. in Sociology you will:

  • Understand what laws govern interaction within human society
  • Understand behavior patterns of small and large groups of people
  • Understand various forms of human relations: form civil to military
  • Understand what social problems exist and how to solve them

Where can I work with a degree in Sociology?

A degree in Sociology provides you with a solid foundation for graduate studies in the social sciences, which will help you build a career:

  • Social services
  • Academia (universities)
  • Research organizations
  • Social research organizations
  • Government Entities
  • Non-government Organizations
  • United Nation and other international organizations
Anthropology

*both major and minor are available in Anthropology

The B.A. in Anthropology is designed to give students the fullest possible understanding of what humanity is. This program is a holistic study of humans with courses in sociocultural, archaeological, biological and linguistic anthropology. In these courses, students will study the cultures of living people around the world, past cultures and the material parts of life such as technology and architecture, as well as genetics, human evolution, human physiology and languages.

With a B.A. in Anthropology you will be able to:

  • Understand human society and critically asses the ways in which people differ
  • Understand how humans behave in groups (as opposed to psychology, which studies individual behavior)
  • Find creative solutions to societal problems, both local and global

Where can I work with a degree in Anthropology?

A B.A. in Anthropology is a comprehensive degree with an exhaustive program aimed at understanding human beings and a perfect opportunity for people looking to work in:

  • Research Institutions
  • Academia (universities)
  • Government Entities
  • Non-government Organizations
  • United Nations and other international organizations
Communication
*Only a minor is available in Communication.
Program Requirements
  1. Foundation Courses: All students will take two required courses
    • Under the direction of an adviser, a student will choose to specialize in one of three areas or take a broad approach to the minor.
  2. Specialization
    • Specialization: A student who specializes in an area will take 9 credit hours in that area.
    • Broad: A student who chooses not to specialize in an area will take one course from each of the three areas.
  3. Electives
    • The final 3 credit hours are elective hours selected from any Communication courses.

Major

major is a focused area of study that a student commits to and, upon completion of degree program requirements, earns a degree in. Each major in SHSS is completed by following a program of study that is designed to ensure that students develop expertise in a chosen field.  In order to develop expertise in the field, all of the programs of study include a number of courses that are required within the major area. Those courses are known as Major Requirements.

A total of 240 ECTS credits are required to complete any SHSS Major, which takes four years of full-time study.

Double Major

Some students will be able to complete a Double Major by fulfilling the Major Requirements of two SHSS majors. Because of the different Distribution Requirements in each NU school, it is not possible to complete a Major in SHSS as well as one in another school within four years.

Minor

SHSS also provides students with the opportunity to study a Minor Program. A minor is an academic area that a student emphasizes in her or his studies but does not commit to as intensely as a major. A student does not need to have a minor to graduate. This is intended as a way to help a student focus a portion of their studies on a field that they find interesting or useful. Successful completion of a minor will be noted on a student's transcript, but no diploma or formal certification is issued. Completion of a Minor typically requires 38 ECTS credits of specific coursework to be completed within a discipline.

In most cases students may take a double major or a major and a minor but not more than this.