The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in political science.
The political science major is ideal for students interested in careers in public affairs, government,
politics, community service, or journalism.
The major is designed to give students a solid foundation across the breadth of the discipline.
The American politics and world politics core courses ensure a deeper foundation in the institutions
and processes of politics in the U.S. and the world. Students who would like greater depth in one
of these two areas may use electives in the major to create a concentration in either American politics or
The Department of Political Science provides students with a rewarding academic experience in and out of the
As freshmen, students have the opportunity to be part of a student-centered learning
community for political science and legal studies students. Throughout their college careers, students attend small- to
medium-sized classes taught by full-time, award-winning faculty members.
As undergraduates, students have opportunities for faculty-directed research, both during the academic year
and in the summer, on diverse subjects from public law and American politics to international affairs.
Students also participate in faculty-organized field studies throughout the year.
Opportunities to apply coursework and develop careers include an aggressive internship program with
local, state, national, and international placements, some of which are eligible for support funds from the University.
Service-learning opportunities also are available through internships with public service organizations and the private sector. Co-curricular opportunities to enrich the
academic experience include field study in Washington, D.C.; study abroad; on-campus events; community engagement;
and service learning integrated into the academic curriculum.
Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, has a chapter at Indiana State.
It is the only honor society for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students of political science
and government in the United States.
Students have the opportunity to become involved in community situations through programs like the Hull House
(Chicago, Illinois) service learning trip, organized volunteer efforts at local community centers, and many
community engagement opportunities integrated into the curriculum.
Political science graduates are well-trained academically and experientially for productive
careers in state, local, and federal government; business; law; consulting; journalism;
communication; international organizations; international business and government; finance; polling;
campaign management; public and community service; and non-governmental organizations.
In addition, graduates are prepared for graduate or professional studies in political science, public
administration, international affairs, and law.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Political Science offers several scholarships and awards, including the
Johnson Memorial Scholarship, the Gilfoy Memorial Scholarship, the Harader Memorial Scholarship, the
Dowell Memorial Award, and the James L. McDowell Memorial Award. For more information about these awards, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.