Undergraduate Programs

Training the next generation of public service professionals

Students having a meal at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumWe offer seven undergraduate degree programs. Guided by our world-class faculty, as an undergraduate student, you can engage in active learning about politics, complex social and public problems, criminal behavior, environmental challenges, leading people, policy, and programs, and international relations.

Through classroom simulations, internships, guest speakers, and research collaborations, we will offer you the kinds of experiential and classroom learning opportunities that will best position you for a career making a difference in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.

Whatever major you choose, you’ll be inspired to lead, equipped to serve, and connected to a wealth of opportunities. You will gain the knowledge and develop the skills to make a difference—to succeed in the nonprofit, corporate, or governmental sectors of the economy.

Inspired to lead — Equipped to serve — Connected to opportunity

Criminology students in the ClassroomBA in Criminology & Criminal Justice

You will gain an empirical understanding about the factors that influence the decision making practices of individuals within various criminal justice institutions, including programs that are designed to prevent crime, meet the needs of victims, and rehabilitate criminals.



Political Science Students at the State LegislatureBA in Political Science

Located in Springfield, the hub of Illinois political activity, our Political Science degree gives you access to a laboratory for the study of government and politics enriched with internship opportunities for practical experience.



Public Policy Student Giving a PresentationBA in Public Policy

Utilizing the locational advantages of the state capital of Illinois, our Public Policy degree will equip you with the necessary tools to participate in the advocacy, drafting, and analysis of public policy.



Public Administration Students working on a project at the libraryBA in Public Administration

Our Public Administration degree will prepare you for a management career in local, state, and federal governments and the nonprofit sector. Located in Springfield, the program offers many opportunities for practical learning through its access to state government and historical sites.


Students from two environmental studies classes collecting samples and identifying flora ant fauna at Emiquon wetlands near Havana, IL Saturday, September 28, 2019

BA in Environmental Studies

Our Environmental Studies degree will provide you with the advanced interdisciplinary training necessary for solving environmental problems and to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of sustainability.



BA in Global Studies

Our Global Studies degree offers an interdisciplinary approach emphasizing political science, history, economics, sociology/anthropology, communication, and environmental studies. It will prepare you for careers ranging from international business and international media to foreign service and the Peace Corps (Concentrations: Globalization or Politics and Diplomacy).


UIS students visiting the Illinois Supreme Court and then talking with Chief Justice Anne Burke, Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Trip was sponsored by the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta.BA in Legal Studies

Our Legal Studies degree emphasizes how the legal system works, how it interrelates with social change, and how it assists people in asserting their rights. It will prepare you for law-related careers, law school, or further graduate level study .


Be a fully online student, blend your classes (take some online, take some on campus), or take them all on campus- the choice is yours at UIS.

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