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Indiana University Northwest

Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science and Religious Studies

What is 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 and all countries and regions of the world.

Political Science majors hone the writing, communications, and analytical skills that are critical to a liberal arts education. This kind of education prepares them to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs.

A BA in Political Science prepares students to assume the duties of citizenship by providing a broad educational base for understanding past and contemporary political events. Political Science graduates acquire special knowledge and skills useful in public service, law, journalism, and other careers, and are equipped with the intellectual tools necessary for the scholarly study of government and politics. Many of our Political Science majors go on to law school or graduate school in political science or public affairs.