Political science is the study of the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics including the outcome of elections, the acquisition and exercise of power, the causes of war, the design and function of electoral systems; the history of political thought; the adoption and implementation of public policies; the comparative efficacy of political systems around the world; the operation of legal systems, and many more.
As a major, political science offers students critical research, analysis and collaboration skills that are highly sought after in the emerging economy. Our graduates are equipped not only with these transferrable skills, but also with a solid foundation of knowledge about government that will serve them well in any number of careers.
The Political Science, BA/MPA Public Administration Accelerated Program allows Roosevelt undergraduate students concerned about the time and cost of obtaining a graduate degree to reduce both by participating in a joint program. The program allows students to take three graduate-level courses as part of their undergraduate degrees. Once students are admitted to the MPA, the courses will also apply toward completion of the Masters of Public Administration degree.
At Roosevelt University, students will approach the problems of the political world through the prism of social justice, asking how individuals, institutions and systems contribute to problems like inequality, poverty, discrimination, war, terrorism and climate change.
Roosevelt University is ideally located for studying political science, as students study politics in a global city that is also one of the country’s most dynamic metropolitan areas.
The department is deeply embedded in the local political community and offers internships with local community organizations and with elected officials.
Students must complete 11 courses in the major, with at least five courses at the 300 level. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Transfer students must take at least six political science courses at Roosevelt University. Majors are encouraged to take Economics 101 and 102 to acquire a broad expertise in public affairs. Students planning to pursue graduate study in political science are encouraged to discuss with their advisors appropriate courses of study in languages and statistics. Students planning to attend law school after graduation should consider pursuing a minor in legal studies and joining the Pre-Law Society.
The political science minor consists of six courses, including at least three of the introductory courses required of the major (POS 101, 102, 103, 104).
Three additional courses may be chosen from elective courses with the advice of a faculty advisor, and two of these must be at the 300 level. All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Transfer students must complete at least three political science courses at Roosevelt University.
Students with an undergraduate degree in political science may find employment in local, state or federal government, elections and campaigning, diplomacy and international affairs, advocacy organizations, nonprofit organizations, education, journalism, business and community organizing.
Political science is an excellent major for those considering law school or graduate study in public administration, public policy, foreign service or more specialized masters programs like Refugee Studies and International Development.
The UIC John Marshall Law School, American University Washington School of Law, IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies, New York University Program in International Relations, The New School for Social Research MA in International Relations, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, DePaul University School of Public Service, University of Illinois-Springfield Master's in Public Administration, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Oakland University Master of Arts in Teaching, St. Xavier University, Master of Arts in Secondary Education and Teaching, Northwestern University Master of Public Administration
Roosevelt's accelerated Political Science BA/MPA program offers undergraduate students working towards a political science BA an opportunity to simultaneously enroll in graduate courses towards a Master's in Public Administration degree. This accelerated program provides the student three advantages: the ability to complete the MPA in three semesters instead of four; a reduced cost for the joint Political Science BA/MPA option because the student would pay tuition for one less semester; and the ability to obtain a professional focused master's degree that will enhance the student's employment opportunities.
Roosevelt University Pre-Law Society, Roosevelt University Debate Club
“The political science program prepared me with the real skills and knowledge needed in my career.”
In the Political Science program we are deeply committed both to the development of our students and our mission of transforming political systems. In and out of the classroom, we provide expert knowledge, one-on-one mentoring and career assistance for students. Our faculty are not just skilled educators, but also active scholars and public intellectuals who frequently include students in our research projects.