All degree requirements are subject to the provisions and notices in the NIU Undergraduate Catalog. Information is valid through August 2013.
A degree in political science is versatile and timely. Students who select political science as their major open the door to career opportunities in such areas as national, state, and local government; the corporate world; legal work; education; governmental affairs; interest groups; and international organizations. They also gain experience in writing and in developing skills that will enhance their role as politically aware citizens.
The Department of Political Science at NIU is committed to quality undergraduate education, and its distinguished faculty has a reputation for excellence in teaching. Political science courses allow students to examine timeless questions of justice and democracy and to explore compelling contemporary issues. Among the many courses offered are those that relate to the mass media in U.S. politics; energy and the environment; women in politics; classical and modern political theory; criminal and constitutional law; legislative politics; political parties; the politics of Eastern Europe, Russia, Latin America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and contemporary issues in foreign policy (e.g., terrorism).
The department is proud of the many services it offers to undergraduates, which include internships; Model Illinois Government; Model United Nations; the Pre-Law Society; the department's own commencement ceremony; a departmental honors program; a department newsletter; and a co-educational fraternity that sponsers a Meet the Faculty Night each semester.
After arriving at NIU, students select from one of four emphases, each of which has its own requirements. In general:
|ENGL 103||3||ENGL 104||3|
|For Lang/MATH1||3-4||For Lang/MATH1||3-4|
|Soc Science Gen Ed||3-4||Science Gen Ed3||3-4|
|Humanities Gen Ed||3||Humanities Gen Ed||3|
|POLS 100 or 1502||3||POLS 220/251/260/2854||3|
|COMS 100||3||Soc Science Gen Ed||3|
|For Lang/MATH1||3-4||For Lang/MATH1||3-4|
|Science Gen Ed||3-4||Interdisciplinary
|Humanities Gen Ed||3||Gen Ed Elective||4|
|POLS 220/251/260/2854||3||POLS 200/300 Level2||3|
1 Foreign language is required for the B.A. degree. Previous foreign language background may reduce or fulfill this requirement; please consult the NIU catalog for more information. B.A. students must also fulfill the core competency requirement in mathematics. A combination of math, statistics, and computer science courses are required for the B.S. degree; please consult the NIU catalog.
2 The choice of POLS 100 or 150 may affect the selection of upper-level courses. Consult catalog for course descriptions. The choice of POLS 200/300-level elective depends upon the emphasis chosen.
3 Students who are pursuing a B.A. in the public administration and service emphasis should complete STAT 208 in the science area of distributive studies.
4 Two of these courses are required.
|POLS 300/400+||3||POLS 300/400||3|
|POLS 300/400||3||POLS 300/400||3|
|Electives 300/400||6||Electives 300/400||6|
|Elective (any level)||3||Elective (any level)||3-4|
|POLS 300/400||6||POLS 300/400||6|
|Electives 300/400||3||Electives 300/400||3|
|Electives (any level)||6-7||Electives (any level)||6-8|
+Choice of the 300/400-level courses depends on the emphasis chosen. All B.S. students must complete POLS 340. In all emphases, students must complete the departmental field distribution requirement. This means each student must complete at least one course in five of the following seven fields: American government, public law, public policy/public administration, empirical theory and behavior, political theory, comparative politics, and international politics. For assistance in completing an emphasis and the field distribution requirement within each emphasis, students should talk with their departmental adviser.
Minimum 120 total; 40 300-400 level
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