Following its vision and mission statement, The Department of Political Science envisions itself to be the national center of excellence for advanced studies in politics and public policy committed to addressing the challenges facing the country and the global community. Aside from its mission to deliver the best instruction in the discipline that captures its theoretical breadth and its methodological complexities and that produces professionals adept at understanding the problems of power, state, governance and society, the Department is intent in fulfilling its mission to be the leading producer of new knowledge in the discipline and to be the principal node for knowledge dissemination in the discipline. To do this while constantly adjusting to the unfolding challenges and shifting institutional terrain, the Department will vigorously build organizational capacity for cutting-edge research in the following areas:

  1. General Areas
    1. Philippine Politics
    2. Political Theory
    3. Comparative Politics
    4. International Relations
    5. Research Methods
  2. Specific Areas
    1. Central-Local Relations and Local Politics
    2. Democratization and Political Change
    3. Electoral and Party Politics
    4. Environment and Energy
    5. Foreign Policy and Security
    6. Globalization
    7. Governance
    8. Human Security
    9. International and Regional Organizations
    10. International Political Economy
    11. Migration
    12. Political Communication
    13. Political Elites
    14. Political Institutions
    15. Public Policy
    16. Religion and Politics
    17. Security, Peace and Conflict
    18. Teaching of Politics

In keeping with its mission to be the principal node for knowledge dissemination in the discipline and to be a leading voice in political discourse, the Department intends its research outputs to help upgrade the nation’s policy architecture to better benefit communities, strengthen the teaching of political science and research capacity of political science professionals all over the country, and establish a telling presence in the multimedia environment. To do these, the Department pursues the following extension agenda:

  1. Training for teachers, researchers, bureaucrats, legislative staff, local governments, civil society, and communities;
  2. Advising and managing public and private institutions;
  3. Policy development, evaluation and advocacy;
  4. Public education services through media; and
  5. Track 2 diplomacy.