College of Liberal Arts

Political Science

Nurture Your Passion for Civic Engagement and Global Affairs

Immerse yourself in a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment where critical thinking, open debate, and a deep understanding of the political world are at the forefront. At Benedictine University’s Political Science program, you’ll embark on a transformative journey, guided by esteemed faculty who are committed to fostering engaged learning, research, and internships.

Connect with fellow students who share your passion for political science, engaging in lively discussions and debates that broaden your perspectives and challenge your assumptions. Our vibrant community of learners and changemakers fosters a supportive and enriching environment, where you’ll develop lifelong friendships and professional connections.

Join Benedictine University’s Political Science program and embark on a transformative journey that will prepare you to become an informed, engaged, and responsible citizen, ready to make a positive impact on the world around you.

The BenU Difference

Seize Opportunities for Engaged Learning and Research

Benedictine University’s Political Science program goes beyond traditional classroom instruction, providing numerous opportunities for engaged learning, research, and internships. Participate in stimulating seminars, collaborate on research projects with faculty, and gain hands-on experience through internships with local government agencies, political organizations, and non-profit institutions.

Connect with fellow students who share your passion for political science, engaging in lively discussions and debates that broaden your perspectives and challenge your assumptions. Our vibrant community of learners and changemakers fosters a supportive and enriching environment, where you’ll develop lifelong friendships and professional connections.

Join Benedictine University’s Political Science program and embark on a transformative journey that will prepare you to become an informed, engaged, and responsible citizen, ready to make a positive impact on the world around you

 

Cultivating Critical Thinkers and Engaged Citizens

Benedictine University’s Political Science program equips students with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen field:

  • Analytical and Critical Reasoning: Develop and demonstrate strong analytical and critical reasoning skills, enabling you to effectively evaluate complex information, identify logical fallacies, and form well-reasoned arguments.
  • Independent Research: Conduct independent research, including reviews of academic literature, primary and secondary data collection, and rigorous data analysis. Gain proficiency in utilizing various research methodologies and tools to gather and interpret information.
  • Professional Writing: Develop a strong command of written communication within the discipline of political science and in a professional setting. Master the ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
  • Hands-on Experience: Gain invaluable hands-on experience in the world of politics, government, and law. Participate in Model UN simulations, Mock Trial competitions, Model Illinois Government exercises, internships, and study abroad programs to enhance your understanding of real-world political dynamics.

Through this comprehensive curriculum and diverse learning opportunities, Benedictine University’s Political Science program prepares graduates to become informed, engaged, and impactful contributors to the political landscape.

A Versatile Foundation for a Wide Range of Career Opportunities

A political science degree opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities in various fields, including government, politics, law, business, and international affairs. Graduates can pursue diverse career paths such as political analyst, policy analyst, lawyer, paralegal, judge, law clerk, legal researcher, management consultant, international affairs specialist, lobbyist, nonprofit manager, and public relations specialist. Political science graduates are well-equipped for success in these fields due to their strong analytical skills, effective communication abilities, and deep understanding of political systems and processes.

What our Alumni have done with this degree

Our alumni have worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Peace Corps and in a variety of other capacities — elected and appointed — across the levels of government. They have also gone on to study at top-tier schools, including Georgetown University, The University of Chicago, Notre Dame, DePaul University, New York University, and Vienna School of International Studies.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Political Science program:

  • Politics and Film
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Model United Nations
  • Mock Trial
  • Campaigns, Elections and Political Behavior

Political Science courses (PLSC)

Lisle undergraduate courses and descriptions

Mesa undergraduate courses and descriptions

Programs

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Politcal Science, BA – Lisle | Mesa

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Politcal Science, Minor – Lisle | Mesa

Concentration

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Pre-Law – Lisle | Mesa

Locations

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Lisle

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Mesa

Student Testimonial

Paulina Piasecki

Paulina Piasecki

B.A.’18, Political Science & English Language and Literature

“As a double major in political science and English language and literature, I was a part of a tight-knit community that truly helped me understand what it meant to be Benedictine. I quickly learned the faculty would stop at nothing to help me achieve my goals and were eager to help me develop academically and professionally. I was able to tailor my classes to my specific interests and truly pursue topics I was passionate about. Ultimately, it was my experience on the Benedictine Mock Trial Team that made it clear to me that I wanted to go to law school and be an attorney. I am confident that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the personally crafted educational experience I received at Benedictine University.”

Discover your future at BenU