Political Science

About the political science major

Political science is the study of government and politics and involves analyzing how different forms of government operate. You'll learn theories behind different governments, reasons for governmental change, and failure to apply those theories to current political problems, as well as examine the human element of politics. You'll gain insight into how government works in Indiana, the United States, and all over the world. In this major, you'll become a critical observer, informed, an active participant, and prepared for a variety of careers.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: problem solving, public speaking, communication, research, and an understanding of politics (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2019).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Constitutional law
  • Elements of political analysis
  • Indiana state government
  • Introduction to American politics
  • Introduction to international relations
  • Political theory
  • Voting, elections, and public opinion

Possible careers

  • Attorney*
  • Journalist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • State or local politician
  • Urban planner*

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • City government
  • Government offices
  • Indiana state legislature
  • State government

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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