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Political Science Major

UIndy's political science major teaches you about government, public policies and political behavior. You'll not only learn how democracy works; rather, you'll gain a foundation for citizenship in a democratic society. Whether you are interested in becoming a politician, political advisor or community government leader, you'll be ready to evaluate assumptions, implications, and causal relationships in the realm of government and politics, as well as in the broader human experience. Through courses covering research methodology, history, and how government works, you will gain a broader understanding of your role within society.

Program strengths

  • Courses designed to increase student awareness of social and justice issues
  • Chances to study abroad or through the Lugar Academy Washington Semester program
  • An environment that encourages open discussions and increased awareness of society
  • Focus on how history impacts current issues and how current issues will continue to shape the future
  • Broad range of course topics that provide students with a balanced approach to politics and the political realm

Potential careers in political science

The skills you learn when studying political science will prepare you for a variety of careers and future opportunities. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Government positions: A political science degree is greatly beneficial for a career in federal, state and local government positions.
  • Research institutions: Because many of your courses will be research-driven, you will graduate well prepared for any position requiring extensive research.
  • Political advisor: A political science degree, combined with experience, can lead you to run campaigns and get politicians elected.
  • Graduate school/law school: A degree in political science can set you up for a variety of graduate programs, including law school.
  • Media analyst: Use your interest in politics to become a media analyst or political journalist.

Political science might be for you if:

  • You are interested in learning about local, state and national government
  • You are considering a career in politics or government
  • You enjoy discussing politics and political events
  • You want to learn about government policy and practices
  • You enjoy researching political topics
  • You want to become a more informed citizen 

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as a political science major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements, while the political science curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in political science. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.