At EIU Political Science majors select courses from a variety of fields: comparative politics and international relations; American politics, public policy and public administration; and public law and political theory. Our students also take several foundation courses, such as Political Science Research and Introduction to Public Policy, to prepare them for advanced courses and for doing research on politics, government and policies.
We have a variety of programs available to Political Science students, with students able to select among the following:
We are particularly excited about implementing the new Civic and Nonprofit Leadership Option. We view this option as a great opportunity for our majors to broaden their educational background and professional credentials for taking on the challenges, issues and problems of a rapidly changing world. Students who select this Option will take classes in Civic and Nonprofit Leadership, Human Resource Management in Government and Nonprofits and Budgeting in Government and Nonprofits, while tailoring their program to their academic and professional goals through opting for one or the other of two tracks: (a) U.S. Leadership and Advocacy and (b) Global Leadership and Advocacy.
Students say that they love the small class sizes and personal contact they have with the Political Science faculty at Eastern. Our classes encourage debate and discussion and provide numerous opportunities for active student learning. We value applied, experiential learning such as internships, government simulations, independent studies and Study Abroad. Also, our majors take a Capstone course that focuses on fusing student knowledge and investigative interests with research methods and strategies. A highlight of the capstone course is the end-of-semester research project posters session. The end result is students who leave campus with the communication, research, and writing skills that are so valuable in today’s ever-changing economy, globalized society and complex political environment.
Political Science Majors--Actively Engaged and Civic Minded
Our majors are actively involved both on campus and in the community. The department offers government simulations in Moot Court and Model Illinois Government, which provide a window into the realities and challenges of the worlds of law, politics and policymaking. Students also can join the Political Science Association to get involved in campus activities related to government and politics. Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honorary Society, is available for students who develop a record of academic excellence, and pre-law students may join the Pre-Law Society.
We also stand out for the number of our majors who assume campus leadership positions in student government and other university organizations, and our majors also participate in a variety of service activities (e.g., alternative spring break). And speaking of the campus leadership area, there's a pretty good chance that one of the top officer positions in EIU Student Government will be held by a Political Science Major--e.g., Reginald Thedford as President in AY 2014-15 and Shirmeen Ahmad as President in the 2015-16 academic year. These students not only are applying their political science knowledge and skills but also getting excellent experience in the leadership arena.
Other Opportunities for our Majors include:
What can you do with a Political Science degree from Eastern Illinois University?
Just about everyone who has studied political science has been asked this question. Political Science majors pursue employment in a variety of fields, ranging from government to the private sector, along with ever-increasing opportunities for positions and careers in non-profit and advocacy-based organizations. Furthermore, the broad scope of the political science major—including the skills acquired in critical thinking, research and analysis, writing, and verbal communications—means that our graduates rank high on flexibility in a changing and sometimes uncertain job market. In sum, political science majors do well, whether they are moving on to graduate studies or law school or directly entering the workforce upon graduation.
Examples of job titles of EIU Political Science graduates:
For the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor political science job statistics, click here.
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