Department of Political Science

Whether you are seeking a career in practical politics or academic politics, the Political Science Department at UIS offers you internships, an accelerated BA/MA option, and an educational experience to prepare you for a variety of careers.

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce our new major in Public Policy (BA).  The new Public Policy BA is designed to facilitate study and/or employment in applied politics and policy making, utilizing the locational advantages of the state capital of Illinois.  The curriculum explores the full policy-making process, including the study of specific policy issues from healthcare to education, criminal justice, social welfare, environmental and agricultural policy, among other areas.  Public Policy students will develop the necessary tools to participate in the advocacy, drafting and analysis of public policy.

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Dr. Adriana Crocker, Professor of Political Science, was awarded the first U of I System Presidential Fellow!

Dr. Adriana Crocker
As a Presidential Fellow, Crocker will work with faculty across the System to promote international student exchanges and research partnerships. She is particularly interested in forging new alliances with global universities that will help reimagine student-focused teaching and learning and make the U of I System one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for both students and scholars.

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Hear from Political Science major Kaelan Smith about his experience at UIS.