Department of Political Studies and Public Administration
  • About us

    ​The Department of Political Studies and Public Administration at the American University of Beirut offers BA and MA degrees in Political Studies and Public Administration. Our department is an inter-disciplinary unit committed to teaching skills in critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and information technology. Collectively, we offer students an opportunity to learn how societies organize, govern, and interact in local, national, regional, and global arenas. Our program's objectives are to address the complexity of human diversity and the important roles that politics and culture play in the wider quest for human development. Our aim is to give PSPA graduates the expertise they need to become effective and responsible leaders, scholars, policy analysts, administrators, and citizens.​​​​​​


    • The region's first Program in Public Administration was created at AUB during the 1951-52 academic year.
    • The Department of Political Studies and Public Administration was founded during the 1957-58 academic year. Prior to 1957, Political Studies was a stand alone entity called the Department of Political Science and Law.
    • The PSPA department is now directly linked to the library's website. For Political Science please click here. For Public Administration please click here.