Student Experience

A culture of collaboration

Our graduate program trains first-class researchers and teachers to serve as the next generation of scholars and to provide training to students who require knowledge of political science to advance their careers. We measure our success by the success of our students. Our department encourages collaboration between faculty and students in teaching, research, and publication.

There are many opportunities for students to participate in the teaching mission of the university. You may serve as an associate instructor: they teach their own sections, and many secure short-term course assignments at the many learning-living communities, which add to the unique flavor of the IU student experience. Our teachers-in-training have also served as instructors at nearby liberal arts colleges, along with Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses.

In many subfields of political science, the research enterprise is a collaborative one. Our Ph.D. students work closely with faculty not only on their dissertation projects but also as collaborators on larger studies. Sometimes these collaborations flow from the faculty member's interest, where you serve as a research assistant. Other times, the idea comes from you and is shared with the faculty. We strive for a mutually respectful, jointly collaborative culture.

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Gain professional skills

Our department is intent on providing students with the professional skills that they need to thrive and succeed in the profession. We are also committed to helping you find employment. Our director of placement works with graduate students and their Research Committees to identify suitable job prospects, prepare for job talks, and assemble an employment dossier.

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Political Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA)

We support our graduate student organization, the Political Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA). The PSGSA connects a vibrant community of graduate students at varying stages of professional development and cultivates an environment of support, collaboration, and camaraderie across cohorts.

Learn more about PSGSA