Bachelor Programs

  • The three programs at a glance (Table to compare)
  • Key organizations for cooperative experience

Bachelor of Political Science (Politics and Government)

This program aims to equip graduates with theoretical and practical knowledge. The curriculum integrates lectures and seminars that enable students to think critically and creatively about socio-political issues. Students will learn classical and contemporary political theories, as well as political ideologies, government structures, political institutions and processes, and relationships between the governed and those who govern them; with a special focus on local Thai politics and administration, and politics in the upper northern region of Thailand. Thus, graduates gain comprehensive knowledge in the field of political science as well as in-depth knowledge of the area.

In order to prepare students for their careers or post-graduate study, senior students are required to take a seminar course and complete a mini-research paper: the Star Paper. Students are expected to apply theoretical knowledge in conducting a supervised study of a real world problem. By doing so, students learn to work independently and begin developing the art of critical thinking.

Bachelor of Political Science (International Affairs)

This program aims to produce knowledgeable graduates in the field of international affairs. The modules cover a wide-ranging perspective that explores relationships between States, international organizations, non-state actors, and other entities. The program exposes students to cutting edge ideas on relations between local, national, and global entities and how the relationships influence actors’ behavior.

The program intends to produce graduates who have in-depth knowledge and understanding of world affairs, who will continue to help Thailand’s development. In order to achieve this, students are required to take a six-credit of ‘cooperative education’. In this module, students are sent to organizations, either government or private, domestic or international, where they learn to apply knowledge gained from the classes to real work situations. Students also have the opportunity to write an academic paper on a topic of their choice, under close guidance by key faculty members.

Bachelor of Public Administration

This program aims to create graduates with excellent managerial skills that can be used in public and private sectors. The modules include a study of relationships between executive, legislative, and judicial branches; the roles of civil society; project management; public policy; human resources management; and project evaluation. In the final semester, students are challenged to conduct an Individual Study (IS), where they are expected to utilize accumulated knowledge from the curriculum and develop critical thinking skills. Faculty members closely supervise the student’s project, in the hope that this exercise will lay a concrete foundation for the student's future career and/or study.