Dept. of Political Science

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at IUPUI

Political science is one of the most popular courses of study for students in the School of Liberal Arts: we have more than 350 majors, about 30-40 minors, and more than 2500 students enroll in our classes each year - yet we still manage to keep our classes small, with plenty of faculty-student interaction.

The department has 12 full-time faculty and more than 25 part-time faculty, who among them teach undergraduate classes across the whole spectrum of political science. We offer about 50 sections each semester, including introductory and advanced classes in American government, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy. As well as a major and a minor in political science, we also offer a Masters Degree in Political Science and certificate or minor programs in Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies.

The Department provides plenty of opportunities for students to become involved in politics and law inside and outside class:

Our students are given insight into how government works in Indiana, in the United States, and in countries all over the world. They are trained to be critical observers, and informed, active participants, and are prepared for a variety of careers in everything from politics to teaching, law, public administration and business.

For more information on the Department and our courses, contact Department chair Scott Pegg or administrative assistant Courtney Abshire.


HOW TO FIND US

We are on the fifth floor of Cavanaugh Hall, in the center of campus, diagonally opposite IU Hospital and south of the University Place Hotel and Conference Center. The Department office is in room 504J. .


WHO’S WHO 

Department Chair: Scott Pegg
Senior administrative secretary: Courtney Abshire.

US politics: Ramla Bandele, William Blake, Bill Blomquist, Aaron Dusso, Margaret Ferguson, Amanda Friesen
Comparative politics: John McCormick
International relations: Tijen Demirel-Pegg, Scott Pegg, Jasper Sumner, Scott Wallace
Political theory: Jasper Sumner
Law: William Blake, Bill Blomquist, Erin Engels
Public policy: Bill Blomquist, John McCormick
State and local politics: Ramla Bandele, Bill Blomquist, Margaret Ferguson

Advisors: All full-time faculty
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Scott Wallace
Director of Graduate Studies: John McCormick
Graduate Certificate in Survey Research: Bill Blomquist
Internship coordinator: Jasper Sumner
Pre-law advisor: Erin Engels
Polsa advisor: Cyrus Hayat
Director, Paralegal Studies Program: Erin Engels
Pi Sigma Alpha advisor: Scott Wallace