Political Science

Political science is the study of governments, public policies, and political behavior.  Political science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine the United States, all countries and regions of the world.  As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communication, and analytical skills that are critical to a liberal arts education.  This kind of education will prepare you to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs.  Students select one area of specialization from five sub-fields: American political systems, processes, and behavior; comparative political systems, processes, and behavior; international relations; political theory and methodology; and public policy and public administration.

Points of Pride

  • Political Science faculty members are quite accessible to undergraduate students.
  • Several faculty members have received College of Liberal Arts or University-wide undergraduate teaching awards.
  • The Department has a very active Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honorary) chapter that has won national awards and recognition for its projects.


  • Public affairs specialist
  • Legislative affairs specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy advisor
  • Research analyst
  • Government Positions
  • Elected Officials
  • Professional school in business or law

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Plan of Study

Degree in 3

2018-19 Plan of Study

2017-18 Plan of Study

2016-17 Plan of Study

2015-16 Plan of Study

2014-15 Plan of Study

Department of Political Science

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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