Department of Political Science

Are you interested in learning about the world around you?  Are you driven to make that world a better place?  Are you interested in a career in law, government, or public service?

The Department of Political Science at Benedictine University, along with the affiliated Center for Civic Leadership, offer exciting opportunities for our students. Our dedicated faculty are committed to excellence and are active in their respective areas of research. We pride ourselves on challenging students and helping them develop critical research, writing and oral communications skills. Our department also features nationally recognized Mock Trial and Model United Nations programs that offer simulations and team exercises that supplement the traditional classroom experience. Students and teams from both programs have been repeatedly recognized for their outstanding performances, regularly winning top awards at national competitions. We also offer students the opportunity to participate in internships and a wide range of exciting extracurricular activities.

With a distinguished record of success, our Political Science graduates attend some of the top law schools and graduate programs in the area, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, and others. Our alumni work in a variety of fields, including government, law and business, and we are building a strong alumni network to mentor our students and provide internship and other opportunities that enhance our educational environment. Benedictine's Department of Political Science continues to work to build on this record of excellence and success.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you as you learn about our department and about Benedictine University.

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Upcoming Events

Reception: Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Main Campus in Lisle
4:00 PM
Event Details

Reception: Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

Date: October 24

Time: 4:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Komechak Art Gallery (Kindlon 5th floor)

Event Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts

Contact: Ms. Lisa Brand    (630) 829-6247

Event Description:

 Benedictine's 2016 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Dr. Anita Perez Ferguson, served as the Director of the Hank Lacayo Institute for Workforce and Community Studies at California State University Channel Islands. Her doctoral research focus was the diversity and network profiles of Hispanics serving as Fortune 500 directors.

She is a former President of the National Women's Political Caucus, White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Chair of the Inter-American Foundation. In conjunction with several international organizations, Perez Ferguson has trained women in leadership and political skills in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

From 1996 to 1999, she was a weekly contributor to WAMC National Public Radio in New York. Her books include Women Seen and Heard and A Passion for Politics. She recently won special recognition from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Hispanic Business Magazine named her to its list of "The 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States."

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions.

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