Course Start Date
01 Aug 2020
Course End Date
31 July 2023
Last Date to Apply
25 July 2020
Programme Fee (Yearly)
Rs. 3.5 Lacs
The B.A. Honours in Political Science degree is a three-year under-graduate Programme that is dedicated to the study of political evolution of the world we live in. Political science is the study of theory and practice of politics that involves description and analysis of all political activities, political thoughts and political phenomena. This degree aims to train students in all forms and manifestations of politics in arenas from local, state, national and international levels.
B.A. (Hons.) Political Science students who graduate at the end of 3 years will have a special opportunity to progress directly to JSIA’s Masters in Diplomacy, Law and Business – M.A. (DLB) programme, subject to high meritorious academic performance. Students can also opt for a second M.A. from Queen Mary University of London, UK; University of Leeds, UK; or University of Warsaw, Poland.
Applicants to the B.A (Hons.) Political Science at JSIA should have completed the 10+2 level of schooling or its equivalent with minimum 60% aggregate marks. Students completing grade 12 in 2020 can also apply. Candidates will be selected through a holistic admissions process conducted over three rounds based on a personal statement, supplemental question, X and XII Grade Marks, Faculty Interview and at par JSAT/SAT/ACT score.
Students are offered a number of upper level elective courses from their fourth semester of study, within the Political Science programme as well as across the university. These are typically seminar courses. Our electives allow students the flexibility to develop a regional or topical specialisation from the second year onwards. These include region-focused courses on the politics of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Afghanistan, and China and Southeast Asia, and emerging economies and the global south, as well as topic-focused courses including new national and global challenges like the changing landscape of war, nuclear proliferation, nationalism and populism, urban politics and infrastructure, organized crime, human rights and transnationalism, gender and sexuality, as well as courses focused on Indian and global political thought. Some of our electives allow BA students the opportunity to study alongside MA students, with different assessment requirements but shared readings and discussions.
Successful completion of electives will lead to the awarding of credits based on the number of instructional hours. For example, a three credit course will have at least three hours of classroom lectures per week and one or more hours of tutorial instruction per week. Students can also take electives across JSIA, and a number of elective courses at other schools of the University are open for cross-registration. For example, a student of the Jindal School of International Affairs may opt for a course on International Humanitarian Law offered by the Jindal Global Law School
Political Science Honours is a versatile social science degree leading 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.
Having high quality writing and verbal articulation abilities will enable students to pursue careers in the following fields: Civil Service and Bureaucracy, Political Leadership, Political Consultancies and Political Parties, Embassies and High Commissions, News Media, Nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs), Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs), Public Relations Firms, Risk Analysts, Think Tanks, Activist and Advocacy Groups and Higher Studies and Academia.