Why Political Science?

Political science is the systematic study of politics and its connection to human life. It focuses on the way people govern themselves and are governed in a variety of settings—including the state, the workplace, schools and the family—and the way in which that governance affects their life chances and shapes their sense of self. Students who elect this major examine, among other things, relationships between law and political institutions, economic and political power and culture and political identity. They develop the analytical, interpretive and critical methods necessary to understand these relationships at local, national, regional and international levels and to act as responsible citizens at those levels. 

A Variety of Perspectives

Our courses provide a broad liberal arts education and focus on issues of utmost importance in an ever changing, dynamic world. Additionally, members of the faculty stress the development of analytic, writing and quantitative skills.

National Ranked Faculty

As nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields, our professors focus on research that is vitally important to the nation and the world. Whether studying democratization in developing countries, legislative productivity, the moral and political implications of war, or the politicization of Islam, our faculty are developing and advancing theories intended to solve real world problems. Undergraduate and graduate students alike are involved in their research, expanding students’ intellectual horizons and providing them with the tools for successful careers.

Real-World Learning

Internships are integral to your success. A wide variety of internship opportunities are available every year, including positions with:
  • Congressional and state legislative offices
  • Local, state and federal government offices
  • State’s Attorney and Public Defender offices
  • Political campaigns for national, state, and local offices
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public interest law firms
  • Interest groups

In addition, students can travel to Washington, D.C., for our annual spring break trip; study abroad at Oxford University; as well as participate in our Mock Trial Program, Model United Nations and Model Illinois Government programs.

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
Zulauf Hall 415
815-753-6302 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - noon
1 - 4:30 p.m.

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