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Best Political Science Colleges in Chicago

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We have created a 2019 ranking of the best colleges in Chicago that offer Political Science degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 27 Political Science schools located within Chicago. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Political Science Colleges in Chicago for 2019

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Chicago Chicago, IL

Decades before Bernie Sanders made a run at becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, he earned an undergraduate degree in political science and chaired the student chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality at U of C. The turbulent 1960s are over, but applying knowledge gained in the classroom to activities outside of it remains a part of Chicago’s culture. From working with the Partnership for the Advancement of Refugee Rights to organizing movie screenings for the Student Political Forum, students have so many chances to become involved on campus that they hardly have time to notice when winter temps dip below zero.

For those familiar with U of C’s environment, it will come as no surprise that Herbert Simon -- the only political scientist ever awarded a Nobel Prize for his intellectual achievements -- received his doctorate there. As the university boldly and proudly states:

There are only a few places on the planet that are in Chicago's league when it comes to research, teaching, and the intensity of intellectual life. That is why we believe Chicago is one of the most interesting, lively, cutting-edge places to study, research, and teach political science.

With courses covering the spectrum from “Herodotus and Thucydides: History and Politics” to “Violence and Development in Africa” to “Politics in Chicago,” it would be hard to disagree.

Based on 28 Reviews
2 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago offers 6 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 116 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 112 Bachelor's degrees, 3 Master's degrees, and 1 Doctoral degree.

Based on 16 Reviews
3 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL

Northern Illinois University offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 127 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 113 Bachelor's degrees, 9 Master's degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 56 Reviews
4 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 89 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 76 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Master's degrees, and 6 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
5 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology offers 1 Political Science Degree program. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 5 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 5 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
6 Wheaton College Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College offers 2 Political Science Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 11 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 11 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
7 DePaul University Chicago, IL

DePaul University offers 1 Political Science Degree program. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 105 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 105 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
8 Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst College offers 2 Political Science Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 17 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
9 Lewis University Romeoville, IL

Lewis University offers 2 Political Science Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 8 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 8 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso University offers 2 Political Science Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 22 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 22 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews

List of all Political Science Colleges in Chicago

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Chicago University of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
7 : 1 15,391
Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 16,437
Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
3/5
22 : 1 20,130
University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
3/5
14 : 1 29,048
Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
5/5
20 : 1 7,792
Wheaton College Wheaton College Wheaton, IL
5/5
13 : 1 2,929
DePaul University DePaul University Chicago, IL
5/5
20 : 1 23,539
Elmhurst College Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,298
Lewis University Lewis University Romeoville, IL
5/5
19 : 1 6,679
Valparaiso University Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
5/5
13 : 1 4,524
Saint Xavier University Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL
5/5
17 : 1 3,949
Carthage College Carthage College Kenosha, WI
5/5
14 : 1 2,978
University of St Francis University of St Francis Joliet, IL
5/5
21 : 1 3,957
Roosevelt University Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 5,352
North Park University North Park University Chicago, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,159
Dominican University Dominican University River Forest, IL
5/5
15 : 1 3,696
Aurora University Aurora University Aurora, IL
4/5
21 : 1 5,423
Northeastern Illinois University Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
3/5
24 : 1 9,891
Benedictine University Benedictine University Lisle, IL
5/5
19 : 1 5,954
Purdue University-Calumet Campus Purdue University-Calumet Campus Hammond, IN
2/5
31 : 1 9,301
Lake Forest College Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
5/5
13 : 1 1,600
Chicago State University Chicago State University Chicago, IL
3/5
17 : 1 4,767
University of Wisconsin-Parkside University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, WI
2/5
25 : 1 4,412
Trinity Christian College Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL
5/5
14 : 1 1,320
Governors State University Governors State University University Park, IL
3/5
20 : 1 5,938

Additional Political Science Degree Facts for Chicago Schools

What Political Science degree programs were earned in Chicago?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 27 Colleges 790 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 4 Colleges 27 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 7 Colleges 56 Graduates
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