The Department of Political and International STUDIES

Many universities have a long tradition of multidisciplinary faculties or departments of Political Sciences (Sciences Politiques in France or Government in America).

Siena University's Department of Political and International Studies has the objective of preparing students for employment as officials and managers in administrations, organisations, agencies and businesses. Special attention is given to international education, and students are given the opportunity to spend periods of study abroad.

The strength of the Political Sciences programme lies in its thorough analysis of contexts, providing students with a broad preparation and conceptual instruments that can be applied to many fields of employment.

The Political and International Sciences curriculum comprises the fields of languages, law, economics, history, political science and sociology. It is suited for students who aspire to work as functionaries or managers in public administrations, businesses, politics, diplomacy, European institutions and international non-governmental organisations (NGO), and for those who wish to work with associations for national and international cooperation, in social work cooperatives, in the area of human resources management, in trade unions, and as freelancers in the fields of journalism and communication.

The multidisciplinary curriculum exposes students to different methods of study and research, and addresses the varied and complex issues facing our global society.

Students can choose either the first cycle degree programme (Laurea)(Political Sciences, L-36) or one of two second cycle degree programmes (Laurea Magistrale) (International Studies, LM-52; Administration Studies, LM-63), selecting a specialization in one of the Department's major areas of interest: history and politics, international studies, law and administration, economics.

Since the academic year 2014-2015 courses in the European Studies curriculum of the second cycle degree programme (Laurea Magistrale) are taught in English.

Besides providing students with the necessary tools for entering the job world, the Department promotes interdisciplinary cooperative projects with local, national and international institutions. The Department is equipped with modern teaching facilities and a library containing a vast collection of new and antique volumes.

Within this website you can find comprehensive information on teaching schedules, timetables, services, the library, research centres and laboratories.


The Director

Prof. Stefano Maggi