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BA in Politics, International Studies and Modern Languages

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.

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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 will provide you with a solid foundation in the theories and issues within politics and international studies alongside advanced language acquisition. You will also study the cultures and countries where your language choice is spoken. You will also enhance these academic and practical skills by spending a year abroad in a country that speaks your specialist language, giving you the opportunity to study politics from a different perspective while sharpening your language skills by interacting with native speakers.

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 the equal split.

By the end of your degree, you will be in an excellent position to put your academic and linguistic training to work, helping you to stand out in a highly competitive job market or progress to postgraduate study.

My UCAS form listed neither ‘Warwick’ nor ‘Politics with International Studies’. Now, I’m something of a convert. Studying topical themes, such as ‘International Security’, bring a refreshing real-world focus that I personally enjoy. (It’s not all dry theory.) You can also engage with your academic interests outside of class. For example, I write the odd article and debate. Oddly, the lines between academia and social life can become blurry... although they needn’t be: I’m in a production and play tennis, too. Warwick is a melting pot of societies, work, club nights and exciting people from around the world. Whilst university life is certainly what you make of it, there is much to take advantage of and enjoy. I am equipped for the future, and have—with a little surprise—enjoyed myself far more than I’d expected to. Michael Yip, BA Politics with International Studies