Political Science


What is Political Science?

As a political science major, you’ll study policy in nations, between nations, and in non-governmental settings. You’ll learn about decision making and disagreement management as you delve into questions of power, conflict, cooperation, representation, and diversity in the United States and across the world. Instruction is divided into five areas: American politics, comparative politics, public policy, political theory, and international relations. Your coursework will teach you how to collaborate on projects, write and communicate with confidence, reason analytically, and gather, analyze, and interpret data and evidence. You can choose from two concentrations: Political Science and Civic Leadership.

Career Options

  • City management
  • Congressional staffing
  • Data analysis
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Elected positions
  • Human resources
  • Industrial relations
  • Journalism
  • National security analysis
  • Urban or logistical planning

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

61% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

$45,617 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: U.S. Senate, Sidley Austin, Yelp

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Loyola University Chicago

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 32 ACT Score

1210 - 1420 SAT Score

3.25 - 3.76 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246

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