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EIU Department of Political Science

We offer multiple options for students interested in studying government and politics at EIU. Click on links for Fall 2019 checklists, study plans, and program details.

Political Science Major

If you have broad political interests, including American politics, law, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and/or public administration/public policy, consider the BA in Political Science.

Political Science/Civic & Nonprofit Leadership Option

If you are mostly interested in U.S. politics, with an emphasis on public administration and public policy, leading to careers in city/urban planning, state/local government, nonprofit management, and private sector work, consider the Civic & Nonprofit Leadership Option. (Looking for an earlier catalog year? Click here, but discuss switching to the Fall 2019 catalog with your adviser--it may be right for you.)

Political Science/International Studies Option

If you are mostly interested in international and global politics, with an interdisciplinary emphasis, including intermediate foreign language proficiency, click here to read about our International Studies Option. (Looking for an earlier catalog year? Click here, but discuss switching to the Fall 2019 catalog with your adviser--it may be right for you.)

Political Science Honors

Qualified students can graduate with departmental honors by writing an honors thesis, mentored by a faculty member, and completing a graduate seminar in Political Science.

Accelerated Graduate Program

Qualified students may apply to take graduate classes beginning in their junior year, double-counting up to 9 credits, and allowing students to earn a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science in about 5 years.

Joint B.A./J.D. with Northern Illinois University

Qualified students may enroll in a program that allowing them to earn both a B.A. in Political Science from EIU and a law degree from Northern Illinois University in 6 years, instead of the customary 7 years. 

Minors in Political Science

Click here to read about our two minors--the broader, flexible Political Science minor, and the Civic and Nonprofit Leadership minor, with a strong public administration/policy emphasis.

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Department of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-2523
Fax: 217-581-2926


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