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A Strong Theoretical Base

Every student majoring or minoring in Politics receives broad theoretical and historical training, including a basic exposure to quantitative and qualitative research methods necessary to the study of political science and post-graduate careers in any field.  Students on the American track study institutions from the presidency to the courts to mass media—and beyond.  Those on the Global track encounter countries and cultures across the globe, and learn how those countries relate to each other. 

Prepared for Anything

Politics students take their grounding in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public law to research with faculty and to off-campus opportunities, from part-time work in congressional or law offices to interning in Chicago agencies, like the Chicago Housing Authority.

Opportunities for Political Internships

Students intern for Democratic and Republican candidates running for every kind of office, from city council seats to the House or Senate, or the presidency. And they intern in the offices of Republican and Democratic elected officials at all those levels, too.

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