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Political Science

Political science (POLS) is a social science which deals with systems of governance, and the analysis of political activities, political thoughts and political behavior. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics which is commonly thought of as determining of the distribution of power and resources.

A minor in Political Science (POLS) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school.
  • Completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course
  • Completion of at least 6 of the minor's credit hours must be completed at IUPUI
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html


Complete two of the following:

  • POLS-Y 103: Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS-Y 213: Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLS-Y 215: Introduction to Political Theory
  • POLS-Y 217: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS-Y 219: Introduction to International Relations
Complete any three other Political Science courses, two of which must be 300 or 400-level courses. The third elective may come from the list of Core Courses.

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.