The knowledge, skills, and practical experience you need to succeed in international affairs, public policy, practical politics or academia.



School of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, M.A.

Online Option Available
Graduate studies tailored to your needs with expertise in State/National Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, Political Theory, and Law.


School of Politics and International Affairs

Global Studies, B.A.

Broaden your skillset and explore global issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.


School of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, B.A.

Online Option Available
The academic and real-world experience you need for a career in politics.


School of Politics and International Affairs

Public Policy, B.A.

The skills and training needed for creating, implementing and evaluating public policy.


School of Politics and International Affairs

Accelerated B.A./M.A.

An academic program in political science to complete the B.A. and M.A. degrees in a shortened time period.


School of Politics and International Affairs

Global Studies Minor

Go outside your selected major and explore issues from a global perspective.


School of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science Minor

Go outside your selected major and broaden your skill set in the field of political science.

Exceptional People

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty who publish extensively in their fields
  • Students who are passionate about the theory and practice politics
  • Outstanding alumni who go on to M.A. and Ph.D. programs, law school, or to work in state government, public policy, and in many other exciting areas of politics and public affairs

Outstanding Learning Opportunities

  • Comprehensive curriculum with substantial political internship learning
  • High levels of focus and interaction between instructors and students
  • Rich opportunities for interdisciplinary, double-major, and minor study
  • Great discussions of contemporary controversies in every class
  • A range of fully online, fully on-campus, and blended (both on-campus and online) programming
  • International, local, state, and federal internships
  • Award-winning Model Illinois Government and Model United Nations groups

Experience Working & Learning in the State Capital

In the heart of Illinois politics, UIS offers students a rigorous academic program with practical experience. The School of Politics and International Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that emphasize the practical importance of theory and the academic importance of practice. Opportunities for experiential learning are available our online and on-campus programs to both undergraduate and graduates on the local, state, and federal level, as well as internationally. Teaching internships are also available for graduate students.

Experience International Learning

Group photo of students visiting an international program

The School for Politics and International Affairs prides itself in offering students the opportunity to incorporate an international learning experience into its degree programs.

Students in our programs have had the opportunity to travel internationally, to study internationally (in person or online) and to participate in an international internship (in person or online).

Learn more about our Study Away Programs at UIS.

SPIA Podcast


Sep 16, 2022
University of Illinois Springfield online political science graduate student Isaac Farhadian has received a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC)…
Mar 21, 2022
Two presentations locally this coming week will explore the conflict in Ukraine. The University of Illinois Springfield will host a webinar…
Jun 04, 2021
University of Illinois Springfield Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Political Science Sibel Oktay, Ph.D., has been named a nonresident…
Oct 28, 2018
Internationally recognized scholar Richard Gilman-Opalsky, associate professor of political science at UIS, has been named University…
Jun 18, 2018
A group of seven University of Illinois Springfield students and three faculty members are spending their summer conducting research in Ghana, West Africa as…