What will I learn?

In this major, you’ll study policy in nations, between nations, and in non-governmental settings. Students delve into questions of power, conflict, cooperation, and diversity in the U.S. and across the world. With these questions, you'll learn about decision-making and disagreement management. Instruction is divided into five areas: American politics, comparative politics, public policy, political theory, and international relations. Your coursework will teach you how to gather, analyze, and interpret data and evidence. You will also learn how to write and communicate with confidence. In your classes, you'll learn how to collaborate on projects. You can choose from two concentrations:

Political Science

Civic Leadership

Students must complete one concentration in consultation with an academic advisor.

Citizen Politics Concentration

Civic Leadership Concentration

General Political Science Concentration

International Relations Concentration

Law & Power Concentration

Public Policy & Democratic Institutions Concentration

World Politics Concentration

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,594.00 per year
Start date

Expected December 2021

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2090 Lincoln Hall,

702 South Wright Street,

URBANA,

Illinois,

61801, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should complete their high school courses strong grades in these courses. English: 4 years required; Math: 3 or 3.5 years required, 4 years recommended; Social sciences: 2 years required, 4 years recommended; Lab sciences: 2 years required, 4 years recommended; Language other than English: 2 years required, 4 years recommended; Flexible academic units: 2 years required, 4+ years recommended. English language Requirements: International undergraduate students whose total TOEFL scores are 102 (TOEFL iBT) or below (*total IELTS score of 7.0 or below) are required to take the EPT. To be exempt from EPT, students must score either on TOEFL iBT: total 103 or above, and 25 or above on both speaking & writing; or on IELTS: 7.5 or above total, and 7 or above on both speaking and writing.

For international students

Students should complete their high school courses and grades

GPA: 3.50-3.93

TOEFL scores are TOEFL: 103-111

Along with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS) can also be used to show English proficiency. The typical scores for admission are a total of 7.5 to 8, with a score of at least 6 on all 4 modules.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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