If you’re interested in law, American government, politics, political theory, policy studies or international relations, Concordia University Chicago offers you the opportunity to study any of these of subjects and more in the department of political science.

This program includes courses about all levels in government, political theory, public administration and much more, which are designed to give students a well-rounded and accurate view of their nation and the world

Career Opportunities

  • Government Administrator
  • Congressional Staffer 
  • Customs Officer
  • Government Analyst 
  • Immigration Officer 
  • Elected Official 
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Attorney 
  • Journalist 
  • Archivist 
  • City Planner
  • Lobbyist 
  • Campaign Manager
  • Business Executive
  • Pollster

Political Science Program and Degree Overview

At Concordia University Chicago, our small political science class sizes make it easy for students to get to know their professors. Professors are easily accessible to answer students’ questions and informally chat about class discussions or a wide variety of related issues.

We’re proud that approximately 90 percent of our students are employed or enrolled in graduate programs in their fields within six months of graduation. We educate students to be faithful, civic minded individuals who will actively engage and change the world through their careers and/or their volunteer efforts. Some political science majors continue their education in graduate school in political science or another social science discipline or go on to law school.

For this major, you will be required to take the introductory American government and politics course and then select your remaining coursework from a variety of electives. Past offerings have included The Politics of the Middle East, Global Terrorism and International Security in addition to:

  • Political Theory
  • The American Presidency
  • State and Local Government 
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations 

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Political Science Major Opportunities

Our proximity to Chicago allows you access to hundreds of government agencies, political consulting firms and advocacy organizations.

CUC's size allows you direct interaction with your professors—offering you the opportunity to truly engage throughout the course of your college career.

Washington Semester - Students wishing to broaden their experiences can study in Washington, D.C. through the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS). Participating in this small, personalized program allows you to live, study, and intern (for credit) in Washington, D.C. You may also consider enrolling in our study abroad program, in which we partner with universities around the world to offer unique experiences. For more information, talk with your academic advisor.