The Political Science major is ideal for students with broad interests in American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and law. Students are prepared for a wide range of government and corporate careers, including law school and graduate school.
The Civic and Nonprofit Leadership option emphasizes US public administration, public policy, and nonprofits. Students gain valuable technical skills, such as public budgeting and Geographic Information Systems, and are well-prepared for public sector, nonprofit, and urban planning careers.
IThe International Studies option emphasizes international relations and comparative politics, including interdisciplinary courses and World Languages. This option provides a well-rounded degree to prepare students for careers in global politics, diplomacy, development, and advocacy.
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.
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.