B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Start Date
01 August 2021

End Date
31 July 2024

3 Years

Program Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Course Structure

Our courses include creative pedagogical measures, including simulations and role play, debates, site visits, case-focused presentations, and in-class assessments and exercises designed to help students develop facility in research but also in grasping unfamiliar contexts and presenting their analyses in effective and compelling ways.

Students are expected to go beyond canonical formulations of the discipline, to be analytical, curious, self-reflective, and exploratory, to be open to debate and discussion with diverse points of view, to develop the skills to keep up with rapidly changing political domains, and ultimately, to learn how to deal with these new challenges as analysts, practitioners, and leaders.

Students in good academic standing have the option to tailor an area of specialisation with faculty input, and contingent on clearing the departmental approval process. These could be focused on a region, an area of governance, an empirical theme or problem, a theoretical perspective, and more. 

Students may also study a foreign language once they reach the elective stage, from among the language options taught at JSIA. These include French, Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, German, and Dari.

Academic Programme

1st Year

Semester 1 (Fall) 7 courses

  • Foundations of Politics

  • Indian History, Politics and Government

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • Political Philosophy I

  • Globalization and International Institutions

  • News Media and Politics

  • Academic Reading & Writing I

  • Total Credits: 27

Semester 2 (Spring) 7 courses

  • Political Philosophy – II

  • Comparative Politics

  • Principle of Economics

  • Politics & History

  • Political Leadership

  • Peace, Conflict & War

  • Academic Reading & Writing II

  • Total Credits: 27

2nd Year

Semester 3 (Fall) 7 courses

  • Topics in Indian Politics I

  • State Formation

  • Introduction to Research Methods

  • Political Economy of Development

  • Nationalism and Politics

  • Contentious Politics: Revolutions & Social

  • Foreign Policy Analysis

  • Total Credits: 28

Semester 4 (Spring) 7 courses

  • Topics in Indian Politics II

  • Electoral Politics and Analysis

  • Gender, Identity, and Politics

  • Electives (4)

  • Total Credits: 26

3rd Year

Semester 5 (Fall)

  • Semester Exchange/Study Abroad (21

  • Electives (5)

  • Mandatory Internship Report I (Reporting for
    semesters A & B) of 2 credits

  • Total Credits: 21

Semester 6 (Spring)

  • Semester Exchange/Study Abroad (21

  • Electives (5)

  • Mandatory Internship Report II (Reporting for
    semesters C, D & E) of 3 credits

  • Total Credits: 21

Total credits earned by the end of 3 years = 150

Summary of the BAPS Credit Structure


Total Credits

Semester A

27 credits

Semester B

27 credits

Semester C

28 credits

Semester D

26 credits

Semester E

21 credits

Semester F

21 credits

Total Credits for Graduation

150 credits

General Guidelines

  • BAPS students should complete five mandatory industry internships, to be completed in semester A, B, C, D & E. And they must submit two internship reports of 5 credits in their semester E (2 credits) & F (3 credits)

  • In semester F*: Students can opt for a combination of 3 electives + one IRS of 9 credits.

JSIA Elective Policy

  • BAPS Students are offered elective courses from their fourth semester of study. These courses are often interdisciplinary, involving elements of law as well as other disciplines in social science and management.

  • Beside the list of JSIA elective courses that are offered every semester to JSIA students, other JGU schools also offer a number of cross elective courses that are available for bidding to JSIA students.

A. Elective Specialization (Clusters)

JSIA offers elective courses that are categorized into four main clusters:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Economics and Foreign Policy

  • Defence and National Security Studies

  • Human Rights and International Development

  • Global South Studies

  • BAPS students can select three electives worth 12 credits from one track (cluster) to
    specialize in a given concentration and get awarded with a certificate of specialization after graduation in that cluster.

  • The three cluster elective courses can be taken in one semester or may be spread over
    two or more semesters (upon student choice).

B. Guidelines and Rules for Electives

  • Students can take a maximum of 36 credits outside JSIA electives (i.e. other JGU schools’ cross electives) which represent a 25% of BAPS program’s minimum credit requirements (150 credits).

  • Students should opt for at least one JSIA elective/cross elective course at every elective bidding.

  • External JSIA Credits exceeding 25% will imply an approval of the Dean of the School and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the Undergraduate programmes.

  • The removal of an elective with an (F) is possible only after the final semester if the student has successfully substituted the ‘Fail’ elective with a ‘Pass’ elective and fulfilled all credit requirements.