Do you like to explore controversial issues? Are you interested in the politics of the U.S. and other countries? Do you enjoy examining the dynamics of influence, leadership, and civic engagement? If so, then Political Science may be a good choice for you.
Political science is, at its core, the study of power: how it is allocated, who exercises it, and how can we safeguard against its abuse. In today’s rapid-paced, hyper-partisan environment, the insights of political science are increasing in importance along with the complexity of political issues.
Our students study conflict between nations, what makes terrorist groups successful, the effectiveness of constitutions, the various forms of conventional and unconventional political participation, and the foundations of democratic political thought.
A degree in Political Science will provide you with the writing, communication, and analytic tools to succeed in the world after college.
Fall Intensive Session course spotlight
COLL-X311: Politics, Pandemics, and Novels (2 cr.)
Between 1918-19, an influenza pandemic consumed the lives of 50 million people across the world and resulted in the deaths of 675,000 Americans. We are now in the throes of another pandemic for which there is not yet a vaccine and therapeutic options are limited. This course will examine how governments have historically responded to past pandemics, how politics have shaped those responses, and how societies have reacted to them as depicted in three novels.
Explore your interests
Within our majors, you are encouraged to build specializations in areas like international relations, world political regions, and political theory. You will have the opportunity to work closely with expert faculty members who will help you further your own research education, wherever your interests lie. Our students also participate in a variety of experiential learning and extracurricular opportunities like the Midwest Model EU (MMEU) and teaching internships.
Secure your future
A degree in Political Science provides you with the foundational skills of a liberal arts education, which are prized by employers and vital to a 21st-century career.
Whether you are planning for a career in government or business, the non-profit sector or the media, you can't go wrong with a Political Science degree. In fact, according to the Walter Center for Career Achievement, IU’s Political Science department has one of the highest first-job placement rates.
92%of graduates land a desirable job within six months of graduation
Majoring in Political Science at IU allowed me to extend my interests to an international scope, exposing me to similar approaches, challenges and solutions in different societies and political systems. The study of this field not only broadened my curiosity and interests, but also allowed me to take a more ambitious approach to my career by introducing me to seemingly unrelated areas, opportunities and career optionsMara Gonzales Souto, B.A. 2015, Political Science
Explore your academic + career options
Check out the Political Science Major Guides for a detailed consideration of the degree, internships, scholarships, awards, special areas of study, research opportunities, and career options.
The Political Science Major Guides are ready reference tools that will help you hone your academic and career plans, making the most of your undergraduate experience.