Political Science

About the Major

Political science is the study of government and politics and involves analyzing how different forms of government operate. You will 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 will gain insight into how government works in Indiana, the United States, and all over the world. In this major, you will become a critical observer, informed, an active participant, and prepared for a variety of careers in everything from politics to teaching, law, public administration, and business.

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

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


Possible Careers

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

*These careers requires further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Indiana state legislature
  • Government offices
  • City government
  • 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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