Journalists who want to cover government or international politics either for print or electronic publications are advised to have a strong background in these areas. Political science courses not only provide that background, but will improve your writing and communication skills.

A sampling of courses for students interested in a career in journalism:

  • POLS 100: Introduction to American Government
  • POLS 300: American Presidential Elections
  • POLS 303: State and Local Government
  • POLS 304: American Public Opinion
  • POLS 305: Parties and Elections
  • POLS 306: Mass Media in American Politics

Notable Alumni

David Thomas

David Thomas
B.A., 2011
Associate Editor at Inside U.S. Trade

As a journalist, you're expected to become an expert on many issue areas on the fly. NIU's political science program gave me a foundation on how our government works and interacts in the realm of foreign policy. Without NIU, I would not be where I am today.

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