In a continuously globalising world, the need for clear communication between people from divergent backgrounds is on the increase. Synthesising the study of politics with the study of not only another language, but other cultures, the Politics, International Studies and Modern Languages programmes offer you the opportunity to critically examine political issues through a culturally-sensitive lens, with access to people and resources outside the Anglophone world.
We offer a suite of interdisciplinary degrees that combine the study of Politics and International Studies with the study of Modern Languages and Cultures. These innovative joint degrees give equal emphasis to developing and deepening advanced language skills, understanding the cultures and societies where that language is spoken and gaining a strong grounding in the discipline of Politics and International Studies. You can choose from four distinctive degrees in this group:
- BA Politics, International Studies and French
- BA Politics, International Studies and German
- BA Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies
- BA Politics, International Studies and Italian
Each degree is four years, featuring a year of study abroad or a work placement in a country where your chosen language is spoken. You will draw upon expertise from PAIS and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and belong jointly to two nationally and internationally renowned departments at Warwick.
While the modules you take through most of the degree will be evenly distributed between your two home departments, in the final year you can choose to specialise and take 75% of your modules in one or other of the disciplines, or to retain an equal split.
To study the French degree, you will need to have studied French at A-level or equivalent. You can study our German, Hispanic and Italian degrees if you have a background in a modern language, (you don’t need to have taken German, Spanish or Italian specifically).
For me, studying abroad was the single most impactful experience of my undergraduate career. The PAIS department offers a variety of exchange destinations. As Japan seemed like the most exciting destination for me, I soon found myself headed there. I was determined to do my best at cultural and social integration, so I studied Japanese, joined clubs and activities, and made friends. In short, I had an absolutely superb time! I’m now conversationally fluent in Japanese, have a network of friends in Tokyo, and will be doing an internship there after graduation. I guess my experience shows that study abroad is very much about living life, about excitement and the unforeseen.
Robert Ebenburger, BA Politics with International Studies (2018)