Political Science

About the Department

Lindsey Haines, a 2010 department alumna, who spoke at the 2018 King Day teach-in on Social Justice and Affordable Housing
Dianne Pinderhughes, Professor of Political Science, at the University of Notre Dame spoke on "The Voting Rights Act and the Problem of Race in American Politics" for the "Perspectives on Civil Rights and Race" lecture series, 2015.
Nicole Jovicevic
Sister Helen Prejean
Victoria Hattam

Political science faculty engage our students in critical thinking about governments, civic processes and political behavior here and around the globe.

We prepare students to excel, whether they are interested in law school, graduate school, the private sector, or a future in public or nonprofit service.

Recent graduates have received full scholarships to attend graduate programs at Yale University, Washington University, Emory University, Princeton University, Harvard University, and the University of Illinois. 

Two recent alumni were ranked No. 1 in their law school classes at University of Illinois Law School. Since 2009, two of our alums have held the prestigious Dunn Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Students gain direct and practical experience through numerous internship programs at all levels of government, or through Illinois Wesleyan's community project-oriented Action Research Center (ARC). Recently two political science graduates (and ARC alums) each secured $30,000 of  Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship . They used their monies to fund masters programs in Geneva, Switzerland, and Cape Town, South Africa. 

Students regularly study abroad in countries such as Tanzania and Belgium. Several travel courses offer the direct study of politics in different parts of the United States and, most recently, in South Africa and France. Because of these experiences, our graduates frequently pursue advanced degrees overseas. Two members of the class of 2009, for example, attended the London School of Economics and Cambridge University.

Grad careers flourish in Washington, D.C.


IWU connections open many doors