Political Science

College of Liberal Arts

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. Political science students hone their writing, communication, 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. 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.

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Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 2.2


Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
Phone: 765-494-6291


Related Career Interests

Community Service

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