Studying Political Science at NIU

We are committed to providing students seeking an undergraduate degree in political science with a variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities that will position them for success after graduation. You have the opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty, take a wide array of courses on subjects related to both domestic and international politics and benefit from internship, mentorship, study abroad and research opportunities.

A Variety of Perspectives

An undergraduate degree in political science provides a broad liberal arts education. You examine timeless questions about justice and democracy while exploring contemporary issues of global concern.

The coursework and instruction helps develop communication, writing, critical thinking and research skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers.

Fast Facts

Number of Undergraduate Majors: Nearly 300

Number of Undergraduate Minors: Nearly 100

Number of Professorial Faculty: 13

Undergraduate Degrees:

Degree Emphases:

Required Credit Hours for a B.A. or B.S. Degree in Political Science: 36

Required Credit Hours for a Minor in Political Science: 18

Special Academic Opportunities:

Minor in Political Science

We offers a minor for students with an interest in politics. In addition, we participate in the interdisciplinary minors in black studies, Chinese/Japanese studies, classical studies, environmental studies, gerontology, international studies, Latino and Latin American studies, public administration, Southeast Asian studies, urban studies, women’s studies and community leadership & civic engagement.

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
Zulauf Hall 415
Phone: 815-753-1011
Fax: 815-753-6302