Our annual department picnic. Other department traditions include dinners and breakfasts at professors' homes.
Emma Hildebrand '20 interned at the White House during summer 2019. She went on to law school at the University of Notre Dame.Our students gain valuable experience through internships in political campaigns, with legislators, at the White House, with attorneys and public defenders, and on newspapers’ political beat.
They spend semesters in Mexico, France, the Netherlands and Washington, D.C. And they undertake original research in settings ranging from rural Illinois to Chicago to Myanmar.
Learn how the world works
Political science students visit the Iowa caucuses in 2020.
Political science majors learn the academic and practical aspects of political life. They visited the 2020 Iowa presidential caucuses. They worked on political campaign strategies in professor Robin Johnson’s classes. They gained insights about the United Nations from someone who used to work there. And they conduct independent research in the senior seminar.
Our political science graduates have become politicians and legislative staffers; lawyers and political science professors; teachers and Peace Corps volunteers; business leaders and marketing professionals; community organizers and advocates for civil rights. They have attended regional and national law schools and graduate schools, including the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia.
The LeSuer Nature Preserve provides opportunities for field classes and research.
Rolling hills split by a small stream offer upland grassland, forest, riparian, and aquatic habitats for study. Restoration of the entire area to pre-settlement conditions, hello native prairie grass, provides abundant opportunities for student research. Water quality monitoring and aquatic ecology studies are also possible in the stream.