Undergraduate Programs

International Politics Emphasis

Recognizing the need for knowledgeable and well-trained professionals in an increasingly complex and interdependent world, the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois offers its undergraduate students the opportunity to major in political science with an emphasis in International Politics.

International Relations is an exciting and diverse subfield of political science, encompassing American and comparative foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, international politics, international relations theory, national security studies, and world political economy. In an effort to provide undergraduates with a solid background in world politics, the department's three International Relations scholars, along with additional political science faculty members, proudly offer instruction in these areas. A number of International Relations courses also have a distinct regional focus (e.g., East Asia, Latin America, Russia and Western Europe).

Those students who wish to broaden their knowledge of particular regions of the world can supplement their program of study in International Relations with the Department's excellent offerings in comparative politics.

The Department's International Politics emphasis should be of particular interest to students who seek careers in the federal government (civil service, congressional staff, foreign service, intelligence community, military), foreign governments, interest groups and associations, intergovernmental organizations, international banking and business, journalism, nongovernmental organizations, private research institutions, public or private international law, secondary education, and university and college education.

Although individuals who select the International Politics emphasis must complete certain requirements within and outside the Department of Political Science, the diverse course offerings and the number of electives within the program of study afford students considerable flexibility. There is also a choice of a B.A. or B.S. degree. 

Course Offerings

Course themes students may choose from include the following:

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Global Terrorism
  • U.S. National Security Policy
  • International Law and Organization
  • The U.S. and Latin America
  • U.S. Foreign Policy Making
  • Changing World Political Economy
  • East Asia and International Politics
  • Chinese Foreign Policy

If you have further questions about the International Politics emphasis within the Department of Political Science, please feel free to contact our faculty:

Professor Mikel Wyckoff at mwyckoff@niu.edu, ZH 415, 815-753-7039.