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Department of Political Science

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University -- a dynamic student-centered research department committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service. Our distinguished faculty offer a wide array of courses dealing with pressing political issues of the day including elections, the causes of war, international terrorism, and democratization in developing countries. Graduates of the political science program pursue careers in government, law, journalism, education, intelligence, foreign affairs and many other exciting industries. Through our BA and BS degree programs, we offer many opportunities for engaged learning and professional experience in political science including travel abroad programs, a Spring Break trip to Washington DC, a departmental honors program, a mentorship program, career shadowing opportunities, and internships.

If you are interested in a career in law, learn more about our Accelerated Law Degree program that offers the opportunity to earn both a B.S. or a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. degree in only six years.

Students in our Master’s and Ph.D. graduate programs can choose to specialize in American government and public law, comparative politics, political theory, or public administration.

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The Department of Political Science will recognize, on an annual basis, outstanding papers written in conjunction with 300-400 level political science courses or directed studies. Authors do not have to be political science majors or have a particular class standing. Winners receive a certificate and $100.00 at the spring department commencement.

DEADLINE: Papers may be submitted by students or faculty electronically to the undergraduate secretary (kwilson8@niu.edu) no later than Noon on Friday, March 6, 2015.  Details.