Online Learning

The Political Science Department at UIS offers online electives, a 100% online Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a 100% online Master of Arts Degree in Political Science, and 100% online Minor in Political Science.


Our online courses are as rigorous as our on-campus courses, and our online courses are taught by the same faculty members who teach our on-campus courses. Students in our online program are able to obtain their degree by taking 100% of their courses online, without having to step foot on campus.

Online Format

Our online Political Science Bachelor’s Degree students and our online Political Science Master’s Degree students are able to take 100% of their classes online, never having to step foot on-campus. Our online degree programs permit a student to attend class from any location in the world, enabling them to earn their degree regardless of their physical location and schedule.

Our online courses combine two online methods of delivery. Some courses are taught synchronously, in real-time, using computer conferencing software. Other courses are taught asynchronously using collaborative tools and discussion boards.

Professors are open to conducting the online course as they see best for the course content and for their students.  Some professors choose to record their lectures and have students view them online, while other professors choose to do “live” lectures, where students can view the lecture synchronously (all at the same time) online or view a recorded version of the “live” lecture asynchronously (at different times) online.  Most of our online students work full-time and go to school part-time and our online students vary in location and time zones, so our online classes are designed to work with different schedules and different time zones. All of our online classes use Blackboard.

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Find out more information about Blackboard and view a brief video showing different aspects of Blackboard here.

Application Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to one of our online program should be self-disciplined, organized, and able to work independently. Applicants should be comfortable working with a computer, have a computer equipped with speakers, have a headset with a microphone, have high speed internet access, and have experience or a willingness to learn how to use online course delivery and web conferencing software.

View our admission requirements for our online Political Science Bachelor’s Degree here. 

View our admission requirements for our online Political Science Master’s Degree here. 


The Political Science Department Faculty have a strong background in the study of American national and state politics, politics and law, political philosophy, comparative and international politics, and political behavior.  Individual faculty have special competencies in such topics as public opinion, elections and election reform, voting behavior, legislative politics, state politics and policy, human rights, women’s rights, sexuality and politics, globalization, critical theory, international political economy, and American foreign policy.  Some individual faculty members are also active in the UIS Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies and participate in several internship programs sponsored by UIS.  For more information on the Political Science Department Faculty, please click here.

Testimonials from UIS Online Graduates

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For additional information about our online degree programs please contact Rebekah Grosboll at or (217) 206-8545.