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Political Science is a social science concerned with the understanding, investigation and analysis of political institutions and processes.  A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking about issues both domestic and international, including, but not limited to war and peace, poverty, crime, education, energy, and pollution.  Students of political science can expect to examine our democracy in process at the international, national, state, and local levels and to compare it with other political systems around the world.

Students who choose a major in political science will be trained as critical thinkers, and will develop a thorough understanding of social and governmental institutions that affect their daily lives and the lives of people around the globe. Career opportunities for political science majors include jobs in law and law enforcement, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, foreign service, the FBI, CIA and other government agencies, the media, and business.


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Full-time Faculty

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Amanda Cook-Fesperman
Office: D-307
Phone: 815.224.0203
Full-time Faculty

Recommended Cognate Courses

Students majoring in Political Science should also consider taking some or all of the following courses:

Spanish (transfer level)
French (transfer level)
United States History to 1865
United States History from 1865
Modern African History
Latin American History
History of Eastern Civilization
History of Middle Eastern Civilization
World Regional Geography
Cultural Geography

Certificate of International Studies

Students who are majoring in Political Science may also find that they meet the qualifications for the Certificate of International Studies. Information on the certificate can be found at www.ivcc.edu/internationaleducation.