Course Profile: B.A. (Honours) Political Science

Here’s more insight on the course offered at the University of Delhi (DU).

What is the course about?

Another very popular course for students of humanities, Political Science is offered at some very prestigious colleges and is sought by some non-humanities students as well.

The curriculum includes various aspects of political theory, contemporary political processes, public policy, and others. With core papers like Political Process in India, Global Politics, Perspectives on Public Administration, Modern Political Philosophy, Indian Political Thought, and electives such as Feminism: Theory and Practice, India’s Foreign Policy in a Globalizing World, Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective and others, the course is a vast one encompassing elements of both theory and practice.

What are some top colleges for this course?

 Some of the best colleges that offer Political Science Honours are Hindu College, Miranda House, Ramjas College, Kirori Mal College, Sri Venkateswara College, Gargi College and so on.

What are some good career options?

 Similar to History Honours, many students opt for Political Science in their undergraduate studies to aim for civil services as it is considered a scoring paper and helps in the General Studies paper for UPSC.

Many students who wish to get involved in fields like politics, policymaking, international relations, law, journalism, social service, and academia also choose Political Science as their course.

Are there any notable alumni?

DU has produced some very popular and accomplished alumni in a variety of different professions. Many of them studied Political Science as undergraduate students. Following is a small glimpse of such notable alumni:

  1. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar and Nobel Laureate
  2. Indu Malhotra, Supreme Court Judge
  3. Meenakshi Gopinath, Political Scientist and Academic

What do students say about this course?

I became more aware of my rights as a citizen, understood the functioning of various government institutions, learned what my constitution stands for and by doing so, got an insight regarding what democracy in my nation stands for, realised the significance of diplomatic relationships and international treaties, analyzed the methods and impacts of policy making and decision making.

says Nikita Bhatia, a first-year student at Jesus and Mary College about the impacts of this course.

What were the previous year cut-offs? 

  • General: 74% – 100%
  • OBC: 75%-99%
  • SC: 79% – 98%
  • ST: 69% – 98.5%
  • Kashmiri Migrant: 74%- 98%
  • PwD: 69%- 96%
  • EWS: 74% -99%

The 2020 cut-off lists for different colleges can be viewed here: Click

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 Prateek Pankaj 

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