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Political Science

Purdue University in West Lafayette

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. 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.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

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.

Plan of Study

Political Science, BA

Political Science Webpage

Transfer to Political Science

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
(765) 494-6291

College of Liberal Arts

Careers in Political Science

  •   Public Affairs
  •   Lobbyist
  •   Policy Advisor
  •   Elected Official
  •   Attorney
  •   Research Analyst
  •   Sales
  •   Human Resources
  •   Policy Making and Analysis
  •   Campaign Management

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