Department of Political Science

Programs of Study

Political Science

major, major with pre-law concentration, and minor

Political Science students at Benedictine learn theoretical and practical material about political systems and their processes, both domestic and international, as part of our overarching goal to instill a strong understanding of the concept of citizenship and a commitment to service. Our faculty take pride in challenging our students and helping them to develop critical research, writing, and oral communications skills. Students also benefit from participating in the Center for Civic Leadership and the Department's nationally-recognized Mock Trial and Model United Nations programs. Graduates of our programs in political science are well prepared to pursue career opportunities in national, state, and local government, journalism, education, nonprofit organizations, and international development, among others, as well as graduate study in fields like law, political science, public administration, and business.

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International Studies

major, minor

An invigorating interdisciplinary program composed of coursework in economics, anthropology, and political science, the International Studies major and minor provide a social science approach to the study of the political, economic, social, and business aspects of globalization. Students learn about the interconnections between international politics, economics, and culture, developing the necessary social science analytic skills to understand, explain, and discuss the complexities of these links. Simulation techniques and computer software enable students to explore connections between geography and contemporary political, social and economic issues, as do education abroad experiences in the form of standard study abroad programs, partnership exchange programs, short-term faculty-led programs, or service learning programs.

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Upcoming Events

CCL Spring Speaker: April Ryan: "A White House Reporter’s View of Politics and Government in Black & White"
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
Event Details

CCL Spring Speaker: April Ryan: "A White House Reporter’s View of Politics and Government in Black & White"

Date: April 17

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall auditorium

Event Sponsor: Center for Civic Leadership

Contact: Ms. Lynn Dransoff    (630) 829-6250

Event Description:

April Ryan is the White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN political analyst.

Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House, a position she has held since the Clinton era. She is the author of the award-winning books The Presidency in Black and White and At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. Ryan's latest book, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, will be published in September 2018.

Auditorium doors open at 6:40 pm.
Book signing after presentation.

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