When you join the IU's Department of Political Science as a graduate student, you gain access to the wide community of scholars and resources that make up Indiana University. IU takes pride in its many area studies programs, national resource centers, and foreign language programs, which provide you with the opportunity to achieve language fluency and in-depth knowledge of a particular region of the world. Our students are encouraged to take advantage of the methodological and substantive courses offered in related departments.
If you’re interested in international affairs, IU houses the School of Global and International Studies. Among its departments and centers, SGIS includes several area studies and language programs. More than 70 different languages are offered at IU as regular courses, some of which are not taught anywhere else in the U.S. Two prestigious intensive language programs are held each summer: The East Asian Summer Language Institute and the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages. These resources provide excellent complements to a graduate degree in Political Science.
Social Science centers
If you are interested in learning from and collaborating with scholars on issues of race and ethnicity in contemporary society, you can do so through the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society. IU also boasts an active and uniquely-situated Center on Constitutional Democracy (CCD). The CCD is active in working with governments and reformers the world over to build legal institutions. IU is also home to the world-renown Ostrom Workshop. Named for its founders, Vincent and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, the Workshop engages in interdisciplinary research in the social and natural sciences, focusing on issues of governance and solving collective action problems.