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

Lecture: Journalist Rukmini Callimachi
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
Event Details

Lecture: Journalist Rukmini Callimachi

Date: March 09

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium

Event Sponsor: The Center for Civic Leadership

Contact: Jen Zingg    (630) 829-6460

Event Description:

Rukmini Callimachi
Award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent

As a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and The Associated Press, Rukmini Callimachi has covered 20 foreign countries and exposed the inner workings of terrorist organizations. Her George Polk Award-winning series, “Underwriting Jihad,” revealed that ransoms paid by European governments had become one of the main sources of financing for al-Qaida. Another series, “The Al-Qaida Papers,” uncovered internal procedures of the extremist organization, including their expense reporting process and correspondence from the man considered the general manager of the terrorist network.

Callimachi was born in Romania, but fled with her mother and grandmother when she was 5 years old and ultimately immigrated to the United States. She began her reporting career as a freelancer for Time magazine, covering the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, before covering city hall at The Daily Herald from 2001-2003. She joined the Portland bureau of The Associated Press and moved to New Orleans in 2006 to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Callimachi is a recipient of the Michael Kelly Award and the first journalist to win both the Hal Boyle Award and the Bob Considine Award in the same year.

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