The Department of Political Science at Ball State University has a history of teaching and research excellence. Our goal is to help students develop a sophisticated understanding of political ideas, institutions, and behaviors, as well as hone their ability to critically analyze public policy issues. We offer courses on a wide variety of topics like domestic and international relations, legal studies, and public administration. We hope you take the time to learn more about our department by looking through our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about any of our undergraduate or graduate programs.

Our Programs

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Our Faculty

Our faculty members are committed to excellence in the classroom, as well as pride themselves on scholarly publication and public service. They contribute thousands of volunteer hours to various government and nonprofit boards and commissions. Several of our faculty members have even sought elective office and are active in both major political parties. Read their bios.

The Bowen Center for Public Affairs

The Bowen Center for Public Affairs is a freestanding center in the College of Sciences and Humanities and is allied with the Department of Political Science. The center is located in the North Quad Building on our campus in Muncie, Indiana. The center’s purpose is to advance civic literacy, community involvement, public service, and nonpartisan government research to make a difference for you and your community. The center’s activities include community conversations, election administration, a Certified Public Manager Program, an annual Institute on Political Participation, and the annual Hoosier Survey. Learn more.