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Program Intro

Explore the world of government and politics in the U.S. and around the world. In this program, you’ll analyze political leaders, campaigns, voting, courts and legal systems, international relations, the governments and politics of other countries and much more. Along the way, you’ll learn the critical thinking, writing and communication skills that employers and graduate schools are looking for.

Department of Political Science, Economics, and World Languages & Cultures

Political Science at PNW is a broad, practical examination of American and global politics as well as political theories and methodologies.

Our faculty members are as committed to your success as they are passionate about their areas of expertise. They lead experiential learning opportunities like study trips and conference presentations. They also help students obtain internships with government officials and agencies, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns.

Curriculum Overview

In this program, you’ll explore law, government, public policy and administration, political ideologies and more. We offer dozens of electives to choose from, allowing you to tailor your studies to your personal interests and career goals.

Political Science majors explore the world of government and politics both in the US and around the world.

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Sample Courses

  • POL 20000 – Introduction To The Study Of Political Science
  • ENGL 10400 – English Composition I
  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

 

Analyze political leaders, campaigns, voting, the courts and legal systems, international relations, the government and politics of other countries, political violence and terrorism, war and peace, and many other key topics.

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Sample Courses

  • POL 13000 – Introduction To International Relations
  • POL 14100 – Governments Of The World

Learn the critical thinking, writing and communication skills that employers and graduate schools are looking for.

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Sample Courses

  • POL 30000 – Introduction To Political Analysis
  • POL 43300 – International Organization
  • POL 49000 – Topics In Political

In your final year, you’ll study in courses to prepare you for a career in law, government, public policy and administration, political ideologies and more

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Sample Courses

  • Applied Policy Making Elective
  • 30000-level or above POL Elective 

Beyond the Classroom

Our students take on internships in local and state government, federal agencies, nonprofits, law offices and political organizations, such as:

  • Indiana Senate
  • Lake County Courts
  • Northwest Indiana Forum
  • Indiana Legal Services
  • Urban League of Northwest Indiana
  • Lake County Libertarian Party
  • Town of Merrillville

 

Career Paths

This program prepares you for a range of careers, including:

  • Legislative assistant
  • Political strategist
  • Policy analyst

 

Employers

Graduates of this program are employed at organizations and companies like:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • GE Digital
  • Arabella Advisors
  • University of Chicago
Magdalena Madrigal

My internship at the Indiana General Assembly placed me in the ideal environment for any student considering a career in government affairs. I was able to form relationships with people who work for all sorts of organizations in the public and private sector.

Magdalena Madrigal
Political Science, Naperville, Illinois

"PNW offered a perfect college experience for me. The connections and relationships I’ve made are my favorite thing about attending.”

Emily Weber-Brokke, ’21, Political Science and Spanish

Because of the class sizes, I am on a first name basis with all of my professors...They’re always asking about my future plans and how they can help me reach my goals."

Meet the Faculty

Frank Colucci

Frank J. Colucci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Frank J. Colucci is Associate Professor of Political Science. He teaches courses in American politics and constitutional law and history with a focus on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meg Rincker

Meg Bergin Rincker, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Rincker is Coordinator for Political Science at PNW. She is Faculty co-sponsor of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science club, for Model United Nations and Model Illinois Government team at PNW.

Yu Ouyang

Yu Ouyang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

My teaching responsibilities include introductory and upper-level courses in American politics and quantitative methodology.

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