Affect politics through action.

The Political Science program at Lewis University provides students with a deep understanding of government and politics at all levels. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary critical thinking skills, written and communication skills, ability to empathize with different points of view, and understand how important politics truly is to our American and global landscape.

Internship Opportunities

Political Science majors at Lewis have landed internships in the Chicago metropolitan area, Springfield, IL and Washington, D.C. working in the White House, State Department and for various members of Congress. By working alongside government administrators, policy makers, interest groups and political campaigns, students receive powerful insight into the real world of politics.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Many Political Science majors take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Europe, Asia, Africa, or Latin America, providing an edge over the competition in the job market upon graduation.

Service Learning Option

Political Science majors can turn theory into practice in one of Lewis’ 20-hour service learning courses. Students boost their resumes by helping their communities and getting real-world experience and insight into potential career paths upon graduation.

Apply Political Concepts to 21st Century Job Markets

Lewis offers a new Computer Science + Political Science (CS+Political Science) degree program in which students explore the impact of data and computation on citizens’ understandings of politics and public policy. Upon program completion, students will be able to recommend ways that political and government organizations can leverage computer technology to support the services they provide to their communities.

Sample Courses

  • American National Government
  • Comparative Government
  • Western Political Thought
  • Parties and Interest Groups in America

Students may also be interested in the Political Science minor or Political Science minor for Business Majors options.

Career Areas

  • Politics and Political Campaigns
  • Journalism/Political Correspondence
  • Public Affairs
  • Law
  • Activism
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Corporations
  • Lobbyism

Student Clubs and Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)
  • Political Science Club
  • Model United Nations Team
  • Mediation Certification
  • Mock Trial

Life after Lewis

Possessing the intellectual, critical and communication skills necessary to analyze and influence political, social and economic policies, our graduates go on to succeed in a variety of career sectors, including politics, journalism, public affairs, law, or working with non-profits or corporations. Learn more about careers in political science.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the Office of Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.


Related Programs

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