Best Political Science colleges in Illinois 2021

Studying political science does much more than fill your head with facts that prepare you for greatness on Jeopardy (though some extra bucks would come in handy to pay back those student loans). It provides training in a variety of skills valued by employers and graduate school admissions counselors. As stated by the American Political Science Association:

As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are fundamental to a liberal arts education. This kind of education will prepare you to think critically and independently, help you appreciate differing points of view, and broaden your knowledge of current affairs. Today, students can reasonably expect to change jobs more than once and even have more than one career. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts is excellent preparation for flexibility in employment.

 

Best Political Science colleges in Illinois for 2021

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
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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.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 3 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 230 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 219 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

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Northwestern University offers 3 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 154 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 123 Bachelor's degrees, 21 Master's degrees, and 10 Doctoral degrees.

Northern Illinois University offers 3 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 84 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 73 Bachelor's degrees, 6 Master's degrees, and 5 Doctoral degrees.

University of Illinois at Chicago offers 3 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 102 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 99 Bachelor's degrees, 2 Master's degrees, and 1 Doctoral degree.

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Loyola University Chicago offers 3 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 111 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 105 Bachelor's degrees, and 6 Master's degrees.

Illinois State University offers 2 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 108 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 98 Bachelor's degrees, and 10 Master's degrees.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers 3 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 29 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 27 Bachelor's degrees, 1 Master's degree, and 1 Doctoral degree.

Western Illinois University offers 2 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 29 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 22 Bachelor's degrees, and 7 Master's degrees.

Eastern Illinois University offers 4 Political Science and Government, General degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 31 Political Science and Government, General students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, and 14 Master's degrees.

List of all Political Science colleges in Illinois

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Chicago Logo University of Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
12 : 1 17,452
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
22 : 1 51,605
Northwestern University Logo Northwestern University Evanston, IL
5/5
15 : 1 22,448
Northern Illinois University Logo Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
3/5
21 : 1 16,609
University of Illinois at Chicago Logo University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
4/5
19 : 1 32,324
Loyola University Chicago Logo Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
5/5
20 : 1 17,159
Illinois State University Logo Illinois State University Normal, IL
3/5
23 : 1 20,878
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Logo Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
3/5
18 : 1 11,695
Western Illinois University Logo Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
3/5
16 : 1 7,624
Eastern Illinois University Logo Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
3/5
21 : 1 7,806
Roosevelt University Logo Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
5/5
21 : 1 4,071
Lake Forest College Logo Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
5/5
15 : 1 1,562
Northeastern Illinois University Logo Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
3/5
25 : 1 7,423
University of Illinois at Springfield Logo University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
3/5
21 : 1 4,275
Augustana College Logo Augustana College Rock Island, IL
5/5
13 : 1 2,546
Illinois Wesleyan University Logo Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
5/5
13 : 1 1,629
DePaul University Logo DePaul University Chicago, IL
5/5
25 : 1 22,064
Governors State University Logo Governors State University University Park, IL
3/5
21 : 1 4,789
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Logo Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
3/5
21 : 1 13,061
Elmhurst College Logo Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL
5/5
22 : 1 3,453

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