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Department of Political Science


The Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University is a dynamic, student-centered research department that is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and public service. Our distinguished faculty offer a wide array of courses that tackle today’s most pressing political issues, such as elections, the causes of war, international terrorism and democratization in developing countries.

Our majors receive a broad liberal arts education while gaining critical thinking skills that are vital to becoming socially responsible citizens with an understanding of the political dynamics that shape our everyday lives. Graduates of the political science program go on to careers in government, law, journalism, education, intelligence, foreign affairs and many other exciting professions.


The department is now accepting applications for POLS-SAC.  Applications are in the main Politcal Science Department office.  Applications being accepted until April 28th.

The Political Science Student Advisory Committee (POLS-SAC) is a group of student leaders that acts as a liaison between the department’s faculty and undergraduate students. The committee serves as a mechanism for program evaluation and improvement. It solicits and provides student input on proposed policy changes within the department’s undergraduate program, and may initiate proposed changes for consideration by the appropriate faculty committees. POLS-SAC may independently, or in conjunction with other department groups, organize and administer special events and activities related to the study and practice of political science. 


Contact Us

Department of Political Science
Zulauf Hall 415
Phone: 815-753-1011
Fax: 815-753-6302

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