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EIU Department of Political Science

Message from the Chair

Prospective Students:

I'm so happy that you are considering Political Science at Eastern Illinois University—whether you are a high school student making your college decision, a community college student preparing to transfer to a four-year institution, a currently enrolled four-year college/university student contemplating transferring to EIU, or an already enrolled Eastern student thinking about us for your major or minor. Political Science at EIU is committed to helping students develop their critical thinking, writing and communication skills, so you can become a problem-solver, a leader, a change agent.

Why Study Political Science at EIU?

  • Small class sizes that encourage discussion and critical thinking
  • Personalized mentoring and advising from faculty--we are here on campus, ready to work with you to achieve your goals
  • All students complete an applied learning experience through internship, government simulation, study abroad, or undergraduate research
  • All students complete an undergraduate research project in the capstone class
  • Our program is flexible, allowing students to pursue double-majors and minors
  • We offer an accelerated graduate program for qualified students, where students can earn a BA and MA in just 5 years
  • We offer a 3+3 BA/law degree with Northern Illinois University for qualified students 

Minoring and Double-Majoring

Many students want to pursue double-majors and minors, and our academic advisors will help you to select a study plan that works for you. Our flexible curriculum allows students the opportunity to fine-tune their college curriculum! 

Popular double majors or minors include:

  • Pre-Law minor
  • Regional/ethnic/world languages: Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, World Languages & Culture
  • Social sciences: Economics, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice
  • Sciences: Geography/Geographic Information Sciences
  • Humanities: Communication Studies, English, History, Journalism, Philosophy/Integrative Studies, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Rural Studies
  • Interdisciplinary programs: Environmental Studies, Ethics, Health & Medical Humanities, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Military Science minor

An Invitation

Do you have any questions or need more information? Please contact our department. at 217-581-2523, or send an email directly to Professor Melinda Mueller, at  I am happy to hear from you, and would be happy to schedule an on-campus visit.

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Department of Political Science

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

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