Undergraduate Programs

Politics Emphasis

The emphasis in politics is designed for students who want maximum flexibility within their program of study or wish to create a particular specialization within political science, such as American government or political theory.

Accelerated Law Degree program

The accelerated Law Degree program offers the opportunity to cut out one year’s time and tuition in earning both a B.S. or B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. degree.  The program, from start to finish, will take 6 years to complete instead of the normal seven.  Students declare the Politics emphasis to complete the program.

About the Program

Course Offerings

While the politics emphasis gives students the opportunity to take courses in many different areas, the following are examples of regularly taught courses in the fields of American government, and political theory. 

American Government

  • Parties and Elections
  • American Public Opinion
  • The U.S. Congress
  • The American Presidency
  • Political Participation and Behavior
  • Mass Media in American Politics
  • Local Government and Politics

Political Theory

  • Liberalism and Its Critics
  • Natural Right and Law
  • American Political Thought I
  • American Political Thought II
  • Religion and the Constitution
  • War, Empire, and Ethics
  • Classical and Medieval Political Theory


If you have any questions about the Politics emphasis, please email Professor Mikel Wyckoff at mwyckoff@niu.edu