Political Science is central to an understanding of all basic social issues; therefore, an understanding of political life is indispensable for any well-educated person. The department currently offers an undergraduate major, a minor in political science, a minor in public administration, and a graduate program leading to the master's degree. 

Areas of political science in which courses are offered include:

  • American Politics and Public Affairs
  • International Relations and Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory

Within each area, major themes are explored (e.g., public policy and administration, political values and change, elite-mass relationships, and political parties and groups).

Credit hours required: 36


The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.

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Career Options

The M.A. in Political Science opens up career options in areas such as:

  • teaching/instructing (community college levels)
  • federal and other government agencies
  • public administration
  • non-profit organizations
  • doctoral studies and research
  • community development
  • international organizations and foreign services

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.



Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Political Science and the courses offered toward the degree.

Political Science, M.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Political Science at (773) 442-5660.

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