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College of Liberal Arts

Institutions Where Recent Students Have Interned:

- United Nations
- US Senate
- Indiana Attorney General
- Indiana General Assembly
- Women's Bureau
- Allen County Prosecutor
- Allen County Public Defender
- Fort Wayne Housing Authority
- State and Local Campaigns

Law Schools Attended by Recent Grads:

- Wisconsin
- Minnesota
- William & Mary
- Michigan
- Emory
- George Washington
- Indiana-Bloomington
- Virginia

Graduate Schools Attended by Recent Grads:

- Georgetown
- University of Pennsylvania
- London School of Economics
- University of Arizona
- City University of New York
- Florida State
- University of Kansas
- University of Wisconsin

Department of Political Science

Welcome to Political Science.

Who We Are

The Political Science Department is an interdisciplinary home to multiple degrees that deal with fundamental institutional, social, and cultural issues. Our department houses Political Science, Women’s Studies, the B.A. in Economics, the Certificate of Civic Engagement and Public Advocacy, and the Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. The common thread that runs through our diverse academic programs is a commitment to advancing knowledge about systems of power, engagement and leadership, and civic life in a broad, inclusive perspective. Our faculty have won awards in teaching, student advising, research, and service to the university and community. Our department has well over $25,000 in scholarships specifically dedicated to students in our degree programs. Student success is our primary goal and the reason why our graduates win national awards, study at elite law/ graduate/ professional schools, and succeed in the private sector, not-for-profit sector, and in government.

Just what is Political Science anyway?

Political science is a social science that explores the theory and practice of government, politics, ideals, ideologies, and institutions. It uses a range of quantitative and qualitative methods to research human political behavior and interactions. Political Science can be applied on the local, state, national, and international levels, and its major subfields include political theory, comparative politics, international relations, American government/politics, and public policy.

Campaigns, presidencies, and political parties are perhaps the most recognizable parts of our field, but terrorism, humanitarian intervention, diplomacy, climate change, and civil rights — among other topics — are prominent as well. If something can be tied to policies, there's probably a political scientist studying it!

By majoring in Political Science, our students analyze world leaders

To better understand the range within Political Science, check out our classes on the university bulletin.

Student Opportunities

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Political Science faculty provide students with many extra-curricular opportunities such as Model UN, participation in many state/national conferences, the Certificate in Civic Education & Public Advocacy, American Democracy Project panels, and Pre-Law advising. 

Future Careers

As a Political Science student, you develop strong reading, writing, and analytical skills. You learn how to analyze crises critically, view issues through an objective lens, conduct primary and secondary research, and propose solutions to convoluted problems.

These skills are invaluable in any career, and Political Science students may be interested in careers as lawyers, political party officials, political campaign officers, intelligence officers, foreign service officers, legislative assistants, public relations specialists, and consultants for firms, non-profits, or governmental organizations.

Students should keep in mind that many graduate schools and law schools appreciate applicants who have a grounding in economics as well as policy.

Our Graduates

Three recent graduates received Fulbright Awards to Colombia, Romania, and Luxembourg, while another graduate was selected as a junior fellow for the highly selective  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. We count judges, law school deans, vice-presidents of investment firms, CPAs, Peace Corps officers, bio-medical sales-managers, distillery owners, and Washington think tank researchers among our graduates.