Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Political science at Illinois Institute of Technology is primarily an applied discipline. We seek to equip our students with the skills they will need to succeed in careers in government, the non-profit sector, and industry. Our program emphasizes critical thinking, analysis, communication, and research methods. Students learn to identify, analyze, and critically evaluate solutions to political problems.

Our students devote most of their attention to policy analysis in the context of urban affairs or international comparative studies. Several faculty conduct research in and teach the politics and policies of science and technology.

Political science majors are required to complete 36 credit hours in political science, including a senior seminar or capstone course, in which students produce a research paper or other project that demonstrates their interest and skills to potential employers and/or graduate schools. Majors are also required to complete an approved course in statistics and a course in research methods. Additional courses may be required to prepare students for professional training and for entrance to fields such as law and medicine.

The objectives of the political science program are to develop graduates who can demonstrate:

  • A fundamental base of knowledge across fields within the discipline of political science.

  • Abilities to analyze and critically evaluate political problems and policy solutions.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

Required Courses

Political Science Requirements (24)
SSCI 100Introduction to the Profession3
SSCI 209Social Science Research Methods3
SSCI 210Social and Political Thought3
PS 200American Government3
PS 230International Relations3
or PS 232 Democracy, Dictatorship, and Development
PS 306Politics and Public Policy3
Select one of the following:3
Urban Politics3
Chicago Politics3
Urban Policy3
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar3
Methods of Policy Analysis3
Planning, Fundraising, and Program Evaluation3
Political Science Electives (12)
Select four additional PS or approved SSCI courses12
Mathematics Requirements (6)
Select two courses at the level of MATH 119 or above including PSYC 203 or BUS 2216
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Natural Sciences Requirements (11)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D11
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
Free Electives (44)
Select 44 credit hours44
Interprofessional Projects (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Total Credit Hours126

Bachelor of Science in Political Science Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
LCHS 1002CS 105 or 1102
PS 2003PS 230 or 2323
Humanities 200-level Course3Natural Science or Engineering Elective4
Mathematics Elective13Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3
Natural Science or Engineering Elective4Social Sciences Elective3
 Free Elective3
 15 18
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PSYC 20313SSCI 2093
PS 3063PS 315, 317, or SSCI 3543
Political Science Elective3IPRO Elective I3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Natural Science or Engineering Elective3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
 15 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
SSCI 2103Political Science Elective3
Political Science Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
Free Elective2Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 17 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PS 490, 408, or SSCI 4863Political Science Elective3
IPRO Elective II3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective4Free Elective3
 16 15
Total Credit Hours: 126
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Two mathematics courses at the level of MATH 119 or above, including PSYC 203 or BUS 221.