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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science

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Website: www.iup.edu/politicalscience
David D. Chambers, Chair

Political scientists focus on political systems, including the effect of environment on the system, inputs, the decision-making agencies that render binding public policies, and system outputs. Approaches to the study of government and politics include the normative approach, in which philosophical attention centers on values by asking the question “What ought to be?” and the behavioral approach, in which an attempt is made to develop verifiable theories through scientific methods by asking the questions “How?” and “Why?”

Students majoring in political science have employment opportunities in federal, state, and local governments and with private civic groups, interest groups, and political groups. Students who go on to graduate work find appointments at higher levels and in college teaching. Students graduating in political science, as in any of the social sciences, are in demand by employers in business and industry. Students completing the political science internship program have experienced considerable success in finding employment upon graduation. The political science major is also especially suitable for the pre-law student.

Degree programs offered by the Political Science Department are the bachelor of arts degree programs in political science or political science/pre-law. An interdisciplinary major and an International Studies minor are sponsored by the Political Science Department. The department also offers a Political Science minor and a Homeland Security minor.

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