University of Southern Indiana

Government, Law & Diplomacy (GLAD)

Networking opportunities in government, law and diplomacy

Networking Reception

Join one of USI's political science student organizations to network with other students in the major, as well as alumni and working professionals.

Our organizations include the Political Science Society, the Pre-Law Club and Pi Sigma Alpha.

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Government, law and diplomacy abroad

Travel Abroad: India

USI political science students have many opportunities to learn about international politics and government, including opportunities to study abroad for academic credit.

Learn more about recent student trips abroad and how you can participate.

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Indiana lawmaking in action at Day at the Statehouse

Day at the Statehouse

USI students get to see how public policy is made at the annual Day at the Statehouse event in Indianapolis. 

Attendees had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with legislators from their hometowns, take a historic tour in the rotunda of the Statehouse and observe the legislature in session in both the Senate and the House.

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Lending a helping hand through service learning

Habitat for Humanity

USI political science students participate in service learning courses to gain new perspectives on classroom topics.

Our students have learned about global issues and the role of international organizations by helping international nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, an organization which aims to fight poverty and develop cooperation between countries.

Students participated in a home build for Habitat's local affiliate and assisted Habitat of Evansville in preparing for a Global Village trip to Botswana.

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Venture to the heart of U.S. policymaking

U.S. Capitol Building

Members of USI's political science student organizations have many opportunities to engage with their discipline. Past activities have included visits to law schools in the region and traveling to Washington, D.C.

Find out how to get involved in USI's political science student organizations.

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As a political science major, you'll have opportunities to gain direct experience in the Indiana legislature or legal system, strengthening your candidacy for jobs and graduate school placements, including law school. In addition, USI's political science degree puts special emphasis on skills that are highly valued by today's employers, including:

  • Writing
  • Research
  • Critical thinking
  • Statistical analysis
  • Creative problem-solving

Your political science courses will be led by experienced faculty (never graduate students), with small class sizes that promote interaction. The political science degree offers excellent preparation for careers in government, law, education, business and journalism.

To find out how USI's political science degree program can prepare you for career and graduate school opportunities, contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965.

Our political science degree builds marketable skills that employers seek

USI's political science program stands out for its strong internship opportunities. You can choose from two types of political science internships:

  • Legislative: You'll spend one semester working with state lawmakers in the Indiana State Legislature. Your experience may include work on a political campaign.
  • Political Science: You'll spend at least 150 hours working in the field. Our internships allow students to work in a law office or a court of law, in a governmental office or on a campaign. This practical work experience helps to build your professional skills and your resume.

In addition, you can design an independent research project on a political science subject of your own choosing, culminating in a political science thesis paper.

Contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965 for more information about USI's political science program.

What can I do with a Political Science degree?

Learn about potential careers in Political Science from the American Political Science Association.

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