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department of political science

Department of Political Science

Goals and offering

Student and alumni profile

New developments

key goals
Key goals
  • offer a comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum
  • support a broad range of specializations
  • develop analytical, academic and professional writing as well as presentation skills (both in English and in general)
  • improve computer literacy and time management
some of the good reasons to study political science at ceu
Some of the good reasons to study Political Science at CEU
  • State of the art curriculum; development of skills with relevance in a wide range of professions
  • Work with recognized international scholars
  • Access outstanding library and other facilities
  • Gain research experience
  • Very good chance to obtain partial or full tuition waiver and stipend from CEU

Some of the good reasons to study Political Science at CEU

  • Study as member of a very international, able and vibrant student body, establishing life-long contact with high-achievers in particular from Eastern and Central Europe

Some of the good reasons to study Political Science at CEU

  • Live in an exciting and beautiful city
the academic offering
The academic offering

10-month MA program (about 50 students admitted a year)

PhD program (5-8 students admitted a year)

Both the Masters and the PhD program in Political Science are registered by the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department

Two-year MA program planned

For details and updates about the faculty, admissions requirements, courses on offer, supported specializations, accreditation and syllabi please refer to

courses running in 2005 2006
Advanced Issues in Comparative Research

Alternative Media

American Politics

Anti Discrimination Policy and Law

Central European Politics

Comparative European Politics

Comparative Political Research

Constitutionalism and Democracy

Constitutionalism and Democratic Politics

Dissertation Seminar in Comparative Politics/Political Theory

Dissertation Seminar in Political Economy/Public Policy

Discourse and Contemporary Political Analysis

European Publics and the Media

European Union Politics

Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century

Media and War

Multivariate Statistical Analysis

Nationalism and the Media

Political Data Analysis

Political Philosophy and Political Economy

Political Theory

Positive and Negative Liberty

Public Choice

Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Rational ChoiceSurvey Methodology

The New Political Economy of Development

The Political Economy of Advanced Capitalism

The Political Economy of Post-Communist Transformation

The Political Economy of Scarcity

The Political Theory of Plato

The Politics of Food

The Politics of Labor in Europe

Theories of Political Economy

Transitional Justice

Courses running in 2005/2006
permanent and visiting faculty in 2005 2006
Aida Hozic

Attila Folsz

Bela Greskovits

Carol Harrington

Carsten Schneider

Colin Sparks

Dorothee Bohle

Gabor Toka

George Klosko

Gianpietro Mazzoleni

Greg Bognar

Herbert Kitschelt

Janos Kis

Judit Sandor

Karen Henderson

Miklos Sukosd

Nenad Dimitrijevic

Nick Jankowski

Philippe Schmitter

Richard Scher

Sonja Amadae

Sorina Soare

Tamas Rudas

On temporary leave: Andras Bozoki, Zsolt Enyedi, Nicole Lindstrom, Tamas Meszerics

Permanent and visiting faculty in 2005/2006
alumni careers in public service
Alumni careers in public service

Michael Canham: first secretary at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington

Bogdan Chiritoiu: deputy chief advisor in the Presidential Office in Bucharest, Romania

Margit Sarv: deputy ombudsperson for minority rights in Estonia

Peter Vagi: department head for strategic research in the Office of the Prime Minister in Budapest, Hungary

Darius Zeruolis: one of the senior civil servants who was in charge of Lithuania’s European accession

alumni careers in ngos
Alumni careers in NGOs

Yulia Ghazaryan: monitoring and evaluation officer of USAID in Armenia

Catherine Hudon: former OSCE officer in Vukovar, currently head of the East European section of the World Hemophilia Organization in Montreal, Canada

Jibek Iskakova: program manager at OSI Budapest, Scholarship Programs

Joerg Forbrig: program officer at the Transatlantic Center for Central and Eastern Europe, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in Bratislava, Slovakia

Sanja Pesek: deputy director of Freedom House, Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro

alumni careers in political science
Alumni careers in political science

Grigorii Golosov: Associate Professor of Political Science at the European University at St. Petersburg

Sorin Ionita: director of SAR (Romanian Academic Society), leading political commentator on Romanian television

Barnabas Malnay: PhD student at Stanford University, US

Alan Renwick: lecturer in New College, Oxford, specialist in East Central European politics

Artur Wolek: Chair, Department of Political Theory at National-Louis University in Poland

Sabina Avdagic: Postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne

alumni careers in other fields
Alumni careers in other fields

Galina Andronova: consultant for the World Bank in Washington

Maria Danilova: associated press news correspondent in Moscow

Arar Guliyev: account executive at McCann Erickson in Baku, Azerbaijan

Roxana Lesovici: consultant at Eamonn Bates Europe in Brussels, Belgium

Matthew Utterback: Director of Business Development at Digital Divide Data in Philadelphia

Kinga Szuly: political reporter, Representation of the European Commission to Hungary

Rustam Yuldashev: coordinator in the Economic Cooperation Section of Japanese Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

new developments in the program
New developments in the program
  • Hungarian accreditation of the MA program done
  • Certificate programs introduced as part of the MA program
  • Hungarian accreditation of PhD program and introduction of two-year MA program is planned and may start as early as next year
  • Erasmus exchange programs with leading universities within the EU (in addition to the existing PhD semester abroad program with Oxford and US universities)
certificate programs in 2005 06
Certificate programs in 2005/06
  • Comparative Politics
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Political Economy
  • Public Policy
  • Constitutional Politcs
  • Electoral Politics
  • Political Communication
  • Political Research Methodolgy and Social Analysis
  • Post-Communist Politics
  • Comparative European Politics
example certificate in political communication
Example: certificate in Political Communication

Students wishing to earn this certificate need to complete our MA degree and, as part of that, earn 12 credits and a B+ or better average grade in the following courses:

  • Discourse and Contemporary Political Analysis with Carol Harrington
  • European Publics and the Media with Nick Jankowski, Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Colin Sparks
  • Alternative Media with Miklos Sukosd
  • Nationalism and the Media with Miklos Sukosd
  • Media and War with Aida Hozic
other opportunities for students
Other opportunities for students
  • Research assistantships in cross-national research projects funded primarily by the European Commission
  • Internships with the European Political Science Network (headquarters just moved from Science Po in Paris to CEU)
  • Conference participation with travel support from CEU (e.g. paper presentations at the annual conferences of the European Consortium for Political Research)
  • Semester abroad program for PhD students
  • Publication opportunities: departmental working paper series, electronic publications
recent public events at the department
Recent public events at the department

Public lecture by James Fishkin (Stanford) and Robert Luskin (UT Austin) on ‘Deliberative Polling: An Overview’, in September 2005

European Election Study conference in May 2005

`Responsible Party Government? Explaining Party Stances on European Integration in Post-Communist Eastern Europe.` public lecture by Robert Rohrschneider (Indiana University), May 2005

Society for Comparative Research retreat (graduate student workshop involving Ivy League universities from the US and four of the top PhD programs from Europe), coorganized with Princeton University in July 2005