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Political Science

Political science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to study governments, public policies, and political behavior in the United States and around the world. Students majoring in Political Science select one area of specialization from four traditional sub-fields:
American Political Systems, Processes, and Behavior; Comparative Political Systems, Processes, and Behavior; International Relations; Public Policy and Political Theory.

In addition to the strong core of faculty in traditional fields, the department has long standing strengths in three cross-cutting areas of study: the politics of groups and identities, political violence and human security, and environmental politics.

What's Next


Upon completion of the program, Political Science majors may choose graduate school or employment in an industry, which may or may not be related to their interest in Political Science. Student experiences have included:

  • Journalist
  • Citizen Outreach Director
  • Family Case Manager
  • E-commerce Specialist
  • Marketing Director
  • Graduate or professional school


Within the field of Political Science, students develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • An awareness and understanding of current affairs and their implication.
  • Ability to interpret the policies, public issues, and legislation of governments, businesses, and organizations and use that information to effectively communicate with a large variety of constituents.
  • Planning, directing, and conducting surveys and using analytical or scientific software to compile and analyze data.
  • Collecting information and making judgements through observation, interviews, and review of documents.
  • Producing research results for publication through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.

*All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

What's Next

Political Science majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to:

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