Welcome to Political Science
Welcome to the Department of Political Science, where faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students explore complex governance challenges facing societies across the globe through research, teaching, and engaged scholarship.
Scholars in political science use methods of scientific inquiry to address fundamental questions about political institutions, policy processes, civic culture, political beliefs, identities, attitudes, and behavior and seek to understand how they shape governance, accountability, policy outcomes, domestic and international conflict, human and environmental security, and other important societal outcomes.
We engage across disciplines to address challenging problems
Nested in a dynamic, innovative university environment, Purdue political scientists have many opportunities to collaborate in transformative, policy-relevant research teams across campus and in interdisciplinary centers housed in Purdue’s Discovery Park. The department's faculty and graduate students are active in the cross-college initiative, Advance Methods at Purdue (AMAP), exploring new frontiers in research methodology. We value diversity and openness to new ideas, and we foster a culture of discovery.
We offer experiential educational programming
The Department offers the Ph.D. in Political Science and graduate certificates in Environmental Policy and Social Policy. We also offer a major and a minor in Political Science, along with an Environmental Politics and Policy Minor and an undergraduate certificate in Public Policy.
Students encounter high-impact learning opportunities through internships, Pi Sigma Alpha, Model UN, and collaborative research with faculty. Faculty regularly contribute to the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program, and they co-sponsor an Integrative Data Science Initiative learning community in the Data Mine.
We support innovative scholarship in the discipline
We are pleased to announce that Purdue is co-home of the American Political Science Review. Professor Valeria Sinclair-Chapman serves co-editor of the flagship journal of the American Political Science Association and is co-Chair of the annual American Political Science Association Meetings in 2021. Previously, faculty in the department served as founding editors of the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities sponsored by the Western Political Science Association.