Political Science has been in the main curriculum in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (Formerly known as Vidyodaya University) since its establishment in 1959 and it has been one of the most popular subjects among students, especially during recent years. The Political Science programme had been offered by the Department of Economics until a separate department, Department of Political Science, was established in 2009. The department offers BA (General) and BA (Special) Digree Programmes in both Sinhala and English mediums.

The department has decided to convert the majority of its course units into full-year (6-credit) course units from this year, after observing the weaknesses of the prevalent system of three credit course units. Therefore, the students of the Department of Political Science will have more freedom and a friendlier learning environment and moreover, year-round courses will lead them to have deeper and long lasting knowledge.