B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Course Start Date
01 Aug 2020

Course End Date
31 July 2023

3 Years

Last Date to Apply

25 July 2020

Programme​ Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Programme Details

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.

Progression to M.A. (DLB)

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.

Why study B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

  1. B.A. (Hons.) Political Science focus on the lived political experiences in the real world in addition to the conventional areas of study such as state, government, institutions, electoral politics and legislative processes.
  2. To develop an in-depth understanding of role of leadership, political communication and social media, public opinion, race, gender, caste, religion and other forms of identity politics in India and around the world.
  3. To acquire deep knowledge of politics of different regions of the world, political economy, regional organisations, war and peace, diplomacy and foreign policy studies.
  4. To develop the ability to think, work, study and conduct research independently.
  5. To develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and language skills which will enable programme graduates to consider a wide range of post-graduation employment options.

Faculty perspectives on the B.A. (Hons.) Political Science


Course Structure

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Politics
  • Indian History, Politics, & Government 
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Philosophy I 
  • Globalisation and International Institutions 
  • News Media & Politics
  • Academic Reading & Writing I 
  • Winter internship

Semester 2

  • Political Philosophy II
  • Comparative Politics
  • Principles of Economics
  • Politics & History 
  • Political Leadership
  • Peace, Conflict, and War
  • Academic Reading & Writing II 
  • Summer Internship
Semester 3
  • Topics in Indian Politics I
  • State Formation
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Nationalism and Politics
  • Contentious Politics: Revolutions and Social Movements
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Winter internship
Semester 4
  • Topics in Indian Politics II
  • Electoral Politics and Analysis
  • Gender, Identity, and Politics
  • Electives

Semester 5

  • Semester Exchange/Study Abroad
  • Electives

Semester 6

  • Semester Exchange/Study Abroad
  • Electives
  • Independent Research Study


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


Electives List

Post Programme Careers

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.

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