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Studying Political Science at NIU

The NIU Department of Political Science is committed to providing students seeking an undergraduate degree in political science with a variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities that will position them for success after graduation.  Students have the opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty, take a wide array of courses on subjects related to both domestic and international politics, and benefit from internship, mentorship, study abroad, and research opportunities.

A Variety of Perspectives

At NIU, an undergraduate degree in political science provides a broad liberal arts education. Students examine timeless questions about justice and democracy while exploring contemporary issues of global concern.

The coursework and instruction helps develop communication, writing, critical thinking, and research skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers.

Fast Facts

Number of Undergraduate Majors: Nearly 400

Number of Undergraduate Minors: Nearly 100

Number of Professorial Faculty: 14

Undergraduate Degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Degree Emphases: International PoliticsJustice and DemocracyPoliticsPublic Administration & Service, and Public Law.

Required Credit Hours for a B.A. or B.S. Degree in Political Science: 36  

Required Credit Hours for a Minor in Political Science: 18  

Special Academic Opportunities: Department HonorsInternships, Independent Studies, Study Abroad (including POLS courses through NIU at Oxford), and Mentorship Program. 

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Minor in Political Science

The department offers a minor for students with an interest in politics. In addition, we participate in the interdisciplinary minors in black studies, Chinese/Japanese studies, classical studies, environmental studies, gerontology, international studies, Latino and Latin American studies, public administration, Southeast Asian studies, urban studies, women’s studies, and community leadership & civic engagement.

A Strong Foundation for Graduate Studies

A political science degree from NIU prepares some students for advanced degree work. The Department offers two graduate degree programs: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Political Science.