Political Science

Are you interested in American politics or international affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, or civil rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? 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, students hone writing, communication, and analytical skills that are critical to a liberal arts education. 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. Political science prepares students for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, seeking elective or appointive positions in government, and many more positions that involve using critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills.

Degree in 3

Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

Political Science Website

Plan of Study

Political Science, BA

Related Career Interests

Careers in Political Science

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

Transfer to Political Science

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

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