Best Political Science Colleges in Illinois

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in Illinois 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 45 Political Science schools located within Illinois. 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 Illinois for 2018

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 Northwestern University Evanston, IL

Northwestern University offers 6 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 181 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 157 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Doctoral degrees, and 9 Master's degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
3 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 238 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 229 Bachelor's degrees, 6 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.

Based on 104 Reviews
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 Illinois State University Normal, IL

Illinois State University offers 4 Political Science Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 109 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 98 Bachelor's degrees, and 11 Master's degrees.

Based on 56 Reviews
9 Bradley University Peoria, IL

Bradley University offers 2 Political Science Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 17 students graduated in the study area of Political Science with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
10 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

List of all Political Science Colleges in Illinois

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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
Northwestern University Northwestern University Evanston, IL
5/5
10 : 1 21,655
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
20 : 1 45,842
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
Illinois State University Illinois State University Normal, IL
3/5
22 : 1 20,760
Bradley University Bradley University Peoria, IL
5/5
14 : 1 5,338
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
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
3/5
16 : 1 17,292
University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
3/5
22 : 1 5,402
Lewis University Lewis University Romeoville, IL
5/5
19 : 1 6,679
Western Illinois University Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
3/5
18 : 1 11,094
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
3/5
21 : 1 14,265
Saint Xavier University Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL
5/5
17 : 1 3,949
Eastern Illinois University Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
3/5
17 : 1 8,520
Concordia University-Chicago Concordia University-Chicago River Forest, IL
5/5
17 : 1 5,239
Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
5/5
11 : 1 1,842
University of St Francis University of St Francis Joliet, IL
5/5
21 : 1 3,957
Millikin University Millikin University Decatur, IL
5/5
13 : 1 2,152
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

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Additional Political Science Degree Facts for Illinois Schools

Illinois Schools offering online Political Science degrees

Online Political Science degrees are available with as many as 29 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Political Science degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
University of Illinois at Springfield 0 0 19 10 0
How many Illinois schools offer online Political Science degrees?
  • 1 Bachelor's
  • 1 Master's

What Political Science degree programs were earned in Illinois?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 45 Colleges 1,479 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 7 Colleges 50 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 14 Colleges 109 Graduates
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