Currently, the Department has two requirements related to substantive and methodological preparation. In terms of substance, all students are required to take Y570, Introduction to the Study of Politics, as well as completing two of the Approaches and Issues seminars in the students' two chosen fields of specialization. On the methodological front, students are required to complete a tool skill requirement, which means that they need to become proficient in either a method (i.e., qualitative/quantitative, or a blend of both) or a language. In addition to the substantive and methodological requirements, students must also complete a minor area of study in a program of study that is outside of the Department of Political Science. Since many of Indiana University's social science and humanities programs are nationally ranked among the best, students are often able to study areas that nicely complement their interests in political science while also introducing them to important theories and constructs in other fields.