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Political Science
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The Department of Political Science is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the political frontier through teaching and research. Our students are striving to make better sense of the world in order to make a difference in the community by working side-by-side with faculty on important events that are shaping our world today.


Gifts made to the department directly benefit our undergraduate and graduate students from the Political Science and Legal Studies majors as well as Master’s in Public Administration and Master's in Political Science. These benefits allow a wide range of opportunities including scholarships, research assistance, and special opportunities like presenting at conferences. Your gifts will create an immediate and long-lasting impact. Hear from one student who has been with us from the beginning.

Leah Craig

The Political Science Department at Ball State University has been the most influential factor in my life as both a student and a leader on campus. As a Legal Studies major, I have been able to take a variety of classes to help me develop skills and gain knowledge that will aid with my future career as an attorney, regardless of what type of law I decide to practice. All of my professors have gone above and beyond to help all of their students both in and outside of the classroom. Within the Political Science Department's student organizations, I have been given opportunities to put these skills into practice, but also to develop collaboration, communication, and leadership skills. As the President of the Mock Trial Association and the Vice President of the Legal Studies Student Association, I have become more comfortable communicating to groups of any size, been pushed to think critically to solve problems, and have learned how to be a leader. I am so thankful for the opportunities available to me as a student due to the financial support from donors. This year on One Ball State Day, donations to the Political Science Department will make sure that students will continue to be able to have these opportunities and experiences that will be valuable to them far beyond their years here at Ball State University.


Jazmin Powell

During my time as an undergraduate in the Political Science program at Ball State, I have been exposed to a faculty that engages with their students' needs, demonstrates devotion to their teachings, feeds them with their extensive knowledge, and stimulates their curiosity. When I initially started undergrad, I was intimidated by our professors. I quickly learned that they set a high standard for all their students. I was afraid that meeting these standards was not possible for myself; however, with the encouragement and knowledge of our faculty, I have been able to achieve their expectations. As the Secretary of the Global Studies Association, I have worked closely with our department, during which they have shown nothing but support. Because of our department, I have indelible knowledge that will help me in getting into graduate school or jump-starting my career.


Desmond Reynolds

 As I near completion of my undergraduate degree in Political Science here at Ball State, there are three main take-aways I have leaving this institution. The first take-away is very important as it pertains to my individual growth while in college. The Political Science department has equipped me with the ability to be an efficient and productive leader, as well as learning the tools to be a fair and equitable decision maker. The second take-away is more personal, as the Political Science department has given me a new and greater understanding of myself politically and those around me, ingraining the importance of maintaining current political literacy often. Lastly, my final take-away from the Ball State Political Science department is the fact that I was able to connect and network with other classmates in my field, increasing my perspectives and grounding life-long relationships. I am most certain that the tools and techniques that I have learned during my time at Ball State will set me up for great success in the future.


Olivia Scales

 I have gained a variety of useful skills through my involvement in both the Legal Studies and Political Science departments. The coursework for my legal studies major has given me skills with practical applications to future jobs, such as assembling a trial notebook and learning to write case briefs. I will be able to use these writing samples when I search for jobs. My courses in the Political Science department as a minor have broadened my knowledge of public policy and the structure of government institutions. As someone who has an interest in working in the non-profit sector or in local government, I know this knowledge will be very useful. I am also a member of the executive board for the Mock Trial Association and the Legal Studies Student Association. My involvement in mock trial has not only been crucial to developing my writing and public speaking skills, but it has also boosted my confidence as a leader as well. With the Legal Studies Student Association, I have been able to meet and collaborate with other students in my major. By donating on One Ball State Day, you are helping Legal Students pursue extracurricular opportunities, such as mock trial. With your help, these organizations can have a strong foundation for a long time.


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$25,000 Surprise Challenge
$750,000 will unlock $25,000 for Student Emergency Aid, Student Scholarships, Cardinal Kitchen, Cardinal Excellence Fund, and SOAR. Each area will receive $5,000 thanks to an anonymous donor.
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Morning Challenge
From 8 - 11 a.m., five donors will be selected at random and $1,000 will be given to the fund their gift went to.
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First Student, Employee, Alumni, & Parent Challenge
The first student, employee, parent, and alumni donor will each receive $250 given to the fund their gift went to.
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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight April 6 receive $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,082
2 $3,000 Communication Studies 409
3 $1,000 School of Music 163
4 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication 160
5 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 127
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Evening Leaderboard
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7-11:59pm each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $38,306.54
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy $14,305.00
3 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $11,450.22
4 $1,000 Alumni Programs $5,770.00
5 $1,000 Black Alumni Constituent Society $4,180.00
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First Five!
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 academic areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
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Tag & Swag Social Media Challenge
Take a selfie with any of our Leadership cut outs and post social using #OneBallState. Four individuals will be randomly chosen to designate $250 to a fund of their choice.
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Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 812
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 633
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 278
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 184
5 $1,000 School of Music 126
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Evening Donor Leaderboard
The five areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 161
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 149
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 50
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 47
5 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 27
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Ball State University Foundation Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby & Ray Allen will give a total of $1,000.
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Enrollment Planning & Management Employee Challenge
If the number of enrollment planning, and management employees who donate is greater than last year, Vice President Paula Luff will donate $2,000 to Student Emergency Aid Fund.
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General Counsel Match
Sali Falling will match gifts made by General Counsel employees up to $500.
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College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the biggest percentage of increased gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
Rank Prize College % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Honors College +17.39% 108
goal: 92
2 $2,000 College of Health +12.42% 335
goal: 298
3 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning -7.93% 209
goal: 227
4 Teachers College -10.92% 848
goal: 952
5 Miller College of Business -12.21% 410
goal: 467
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council!
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College Leaderboard
The college that has the most donors receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize College Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 855
2 Teachers College 721
3 College of Sciences and Humanities 659
4 College of Communication, Information, and Media 629
5 Miller College of Business 387
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Ambassador Challenge
The three units/departments with the most verified ambassadors, with dollars raised, receives $1,000.
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Facebook Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Twitter Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Twitter and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Noon Leaderboard
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 296
2 Athletics 272
3 Indiana Academy 130
4 The Ball State Fund 107
5 Student Scholarships 86
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Dean Cutout Selfie Challenge
Provost Susana Rivera-Mills will donate $100 for each dean who takes a selfie with her cut out and/or the cut out of another dean and posts it to social media using #OneBallState on April 5. This total gift of up to $5,000 will benefit the University College.
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Last Hour Challenge
Give during the last hour of OBSD and you could be one of three donors chosen to designate an extra $1,000 to the area you gave to.
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International Alum Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get $500 in challenge funds designated to the fund their gift went to.
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Dean McCarthy Challenge
Dean Maureen McCarthy will give $500 to the CSH department with the most unique # of donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 English 67
2 Modern Languages & Classics 64
3 Geography and Meteorology 60
4 History 56
5 Philosophy and Religious Studies 38
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IT Employee Match
Loren Malm will match gifts made by IT division employees up to $500.
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