University of Southern Indiana

Government, Law & Diplomacy Concentration (GLAD)

About the Government, Law and Diplomacy Concentration

The University of Southern Indiana takes a hands-on approach to political science. The Government, Law and Diplomacy (GLAD) concentration gets you out of the classroom and into the workplace, where you can get involved in the political process and see political science concepts in action. As a political science major, you will have opportunities to gain direct experience in the Indiana legislature or legal system, strengthening your competitiveness for jobs and graduate school placements, including law school.

USI's Political Science program offers:

Your political science courses will be led by experienced faculty (never graduate students), with small class sizes that promote interaction. The Government, Law and Diplomacy concentration prepares you for a variety of careers in government, law, education, business and journalism.

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 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, on a campaign, or study abroad. 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.

What can I do with a Political Science degree?

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

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.

Degree Requirements

Legislative Internship with Indiana State Legislature

Political Science alumnus Evan Eagleson got his first full-time job as legislative assistant with the State of Indiana House of Representatives after completing an internship with the House of Representatives. Watch the video to learn more about his experience as an intern.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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