FAQ’S for political Science

The uniqueness of the B.A. (Hons) Political Science degree programme at Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) is its focus on the lived political experiences i.e. its relevance to the real world apart the study of conventional theoretical frameworks. Politics whether understood as an art or science is comprised of myriad forces shaped by actors, ideas and events on the ground.  This degree aims to train students so that they may integrate successfully with all manifestations of politics. This includes local, state, national and international spheres. We pay particular attention to the role of leadership by various public figures, of political discourse, the role of civil society, social media platforms as well as grassroots participation. This degree programme is diverse in that it offers courses on economics, sociology, history and philosophy with the result that students will have a holistic and well-rounded understanding of political affairs.

The conventional undergraduate degree in Political Science fails to consider contemporary political developments especially regionally. The pedagogy has generally reflected the priorities and perspectives of the western world.  The rich field of Indian Political Thought is a unique component of this programme which highlights the role of Indian intellectuals and thinkers, as well as those from other developing countries. The foreign affairs option will give JSIA’s Political Science students a special edge, as no other undergraduate degree programme in India offers so much variety of coursework on international and regional politics. Students can learn in a comparative format about the same issue. For e.g.: the issue of populism, across different countries. This would lead to a more through and sophisticated understanding.

JSIA provides students with the opportunity to learn from world renowned professors from prestigious international institutions. JSIA has a number of student exchange programmes with some of the top schools in international affairs. These include:

  1. Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), U.S.A.
  2. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, U.S.A.
  • School of International Service, American University, U.S.A.
  1. Ryerson University, Canada; Faculty of Social Sciences,
  2. University of Wroclaw, Poland; Centre for European Studies,
  3. Katholieke Universiteit (KU), Leuven, Belgium;
  • Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, The Netherlands;
  • National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan;
  1. Kyung Hee University, South Korea
  2. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan.

Students can also opt for summer schools in:

  1. University of Oxford, U.K.
  2. University of Granada, Spain
  • Fletcher School at University of Tufts, U.S.A.

Students also have the option of studying abroad at:

  1. Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland to earn a second Bachelor’s Degree in Global and International Studies through academic collaboration with JSIA.

Also, JSIA hosts India’s first Taiwan Education Centre, which was established by National Tsing Hua University of Taiwan with the backing of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Centre is directed by Taiwanese specialists in Mandarin Chinese language and imparts beginners, intermediate and advanced level Mandarin lessons to students from JGU.

Political Science as a versatile social science degree leads to a variety of career paths. Political scientists study governing systems, political development and political theory. While pursuing this degree in Political Science from JSIA, students will not only learn about politics and government, they will also gain valuable analytical, communication and research skills. Political Science jobs include the following:

  1. Government
  2. Academia
  3. Bureaucracy
  4. Leadership
  5. Media
  6. Non-Governmental Organisations
  7. Public Relations
  8. Risk Analysts
  9. Think Tanks
  10. Advocacy groups
  11. International organisations
  12. Consultants 

JSIA has highly qualified full-time faculty who serve as role models to impact our students’ academic and personal competencies. Faculty is recruited based on measures, including diversity of geographical origin, gender, educational qualifications and professional experience. Please visit our website for more information about JSIA faculty: http://www.jsia.edu.in/our-faculty/

While the B.A. (Hons.) Global Affairs provides students with a width of topics ranging across international affairs, law and business, the B.A. (Hons.) Political Science degree is a fresh look at politics at both the international and regional level. There are new courses that have both a theoretical and practical relevance for the real world. Over the course of study students acquire an in-depth command of their subject matter with the ability to shine not only in academic arena but also apply their learnings towards actual spheres of political life.

A valid entrance exam score is a mandatory requirement. JSAT is one of the options. Other tests like SAT and ACT are accepted too.

To be eligible for a scholarship, a high JSAT score is one of the criteria. The other criteria include Grade 12 marks, faculty interview scores, family annual income etc.

O.P. Jindal Global University awards Merit cum Means Scholarships (MCM) every year. The MCM Scholarship covers the tuition fee only. Scholarship applications will be opened by the University by 1 April and will be awarded to eligible students in July. The eligibility criteria include annual family income, XII board score, JSAT or standardized examination results and faculty interview score. Weightage will also be given to curricular and non-curricular achievements.

Yes. There will be a mock legislative assembly as this programme is about understanding the lived political experiences and how politics is enacted every day. Legislature is an important arena of politics and it is crucial to understand the role of political leaders, their personal beliefs and law making for the nation.