Political Science

About the Department

Lindsey Haines, a 2010 department alumna, 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

In Political Science we engage 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.


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).

Study Abroad

Political science 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.

Rotary Scholarships

In recent years, political science students and graduates have been awarded Rotary scholarships for graduate work:

Success Stories from Graduates

Grad careers flourish in Washington, D.C.


IWU connections open many doors