Political Science


What is Political Science?

In this major, you’ll study policy in nations, between nations, and in non-governmental settings. Students delve into questions of power, conflict, cooperation, and diversity in the U.S. and across the world. With these questions, you'll learn about decision-making and disagreement management. Instruction is divided into five areas: American politics, comparative politics, public policy, political theory, and international relations. Your coursework will teach you how to gather, analyze, and interpret data and evidence. You will also learn how to write and communicate with confidence. In your classes, you'll learn how to collaborate on projects. You can choose from two concentrations:

• Political Science

• 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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