Dept. of Political Science

Political Science Major

In addition to the School of Liberal Arts requirements, you need to take 33 hours of political science courses, with a grade of C or better in each, made up as follows:

Required courses (15 hrs)

  • Y103: Introduction to American Politics (3 hrs) 
  • Y205: Elements of Political Analysis (3 hrs) (for which you need at least high school algebra)
  • Y215: Introduction to Political Theory (3 hrs)
  • Y217: Introduction to Comparative Politics or Y219: Introduction to International Relations (3 hrs)
  • Y490: Senior Seminar (3 hrs) (cannot be taken until senior year, and Y205 is a pre-requisite)

Electives (18 hrs)

  • Six courses of your choice, at least five of which must be at the 300- or 400-level.

RECOMMENDED CURRICULUM

In order to provide students with guidance that will both enhance their academic experience and avoid problems meeting requirements, the Department of Political Science has developed the following suggested curriculum for taking Political Science courses if you are a major.

Freshman year

  • Y103: Introduction to American Politics (3 hrs)
  • W131: Elementary Composition I (3 hrs)
  • W132: Elementary Composition II (3 hrs)
  • M118: Finite Mathematics (3hrs)
  • Y205: Elements of Political Analysis, or Y215: Introduction to Political Theory (3 hrs)

Sophomore year

  • Y205: Elements of Political Analysis, or Y215: Introduction to Political Theory (3 hrs)
  • Y217: Introduction to Comparative Politics or Y219: Introduction to International Relations (3 hrs)

Junior year

  • At least 9 credits of upper-division political science courses

Senior year 

  • At least 12 credits of political science courses, including Y490: Senior Seminar (3 hrs)

Note 1 - Y101: Introduction to Political Science is not recommended for majors and if taken limits your choice of electives in the Junior and Senior years

Note 2 - 300- and 400-level courses will typically have substantial research papers, at the discretion of the instructor

Note 3 - Transfer students frequently find that a number of their previous courses do not meet our departmental requirements. For that reason, it is required that you meet with the Lead Advisor, Scott Wallace, in order to avoid conflicts and to avoid missing important courses, which might delay your graduation. The rules about completing the 200-level requirements still apply to you, so if you do not have these courses or their equivalent, you should be sure to take them as early as possible after transferring to IUPUI. Be warned that in political science it is assumed by instructors of 300/400-level courses that you have completed W132 and know how to write a research paper. All 300/400-level courses have a term research paper as a requirement. Further, your final 26 hours must be completed at IUPUI and you must take your Y490 at IUPUI, even if you think you have the equivalent from another university. If you have concerns, please see the lead advisor.

Note 4 - Many students have questions about the required integrator course. They are listed on the class schedule at INTG. A special list of additional courses that count as integrators can be found by clicking on this link: List of Integrators. Consult it as needed or ask your advisor if you are confused.

Five-Year BA/MA

You might also want to consider our five-year BA/MA, which would let you double-count selected courses and graduate after five years with both a BA and an MA.