Political Science

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Political Science is a diverse major that offers something for everyone, with students having the opportunity to study fascinating and relevant subjects such as American Foreign Policy, Middle East Politics, African Politics, Political Parties, Interest Groups, Civil Liberties, the American Presidency, Environmental Politics/Policy and Human Resource Management.

Political science majors take a series of foundation courses to prepare them for advanced courses and for conducting research. Majors take courses from each of the primary fields in Political Science: international relations; comparative politics; American politics, institutions, and policies; public administration; public law; and political theory.

Students may earn the general B.A. in Political Science or pursue their special interests through the following programs offered by the Department: The Public Administration Concentration, which is ideal for students pursuing management careers in federal, state, or local government and not-for-profit organizations.


International Studies, Civic and Nonprofit Leadership

Four Year Degree Plan


Course Catalog Listing

http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=30&poid=4500 (International Studies Option)
http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=30&poid=4560 (Civic and Nonprofit Leadership Option)

Student Professional Organizations

Students also may participate in associations directly related to the study of politics and government. The Pi Sigma Alpha chapter (the Political Science Honorary Society) is open to students who have distinguished themselves in the classroom. The Political Science Association is a forum for all majors to discuss and debate politics and plan activities such as issue panels or civic education forums. Eastern?s Political Science majors also are known for their extensive involvement in a variety of campus leadership roles, such as in Student Government.

Scholarship Listing

Click on the scholarship to learn more, including contact information and application procedures.

Andrew Galo Scholarship for International Studies
Annie L. Weller Scholarship
Brian & Trina Myerscough- Chad Pfeffinger Outstanding Sigma Pi Service Award
Building Aspirations Towards Positivity Annual Scholarship
C.A. Hollister Pre-Law Award
COS Advisory Board Endowed Fund Sch
COS Student Advisory Board Student Assist. Award
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Sch
Elisha Baumgartner Scholarship
Frank McCormick Phi Beta Kappa Study Abroad Scholarship
Gerardo J. Solis Latino/Latina Scholarship
J.Y. Kelly Scholarship
James B. Curtis Memorial Scholarship
James E. and Joseph T. Connelly Scholarship
Outstanding First Year Political Science Student Scholarship
Political Science Outstanding Senior Scholarship
Robert F. Glover Student Leadership Scholarship
Scholars in Undergraduate Research at Eastern (SURE Awards)
Social Science Writing Award
The Eunice Dougherty Scholarship
Warner / Brainard Pre-legal Award
Watson Family Scholarship
William E. Adams Memorial Scholarship

To search for scholarship opportunities please visit http://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/

Faculty Listing


Political Science, Coleman Hall 2331
Contact Name: Dr. Richard Wandling
Contact Email: rawandling@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/polisci/