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We are all political beings. Our lives in the “polis” weave us together in complex systems that often seem incomprehensible. Understanding the workings of nation-states and communities make these systems more accessible to us as citizens and potential leaders. Through the study of political science, Elmhurst students discover how governments work, how societies are structured and how laws articulate political systems.

A solid grounding in political science and political philosophy enhances our ability to make informed decisions and contribute to society. In today’s rapidly changing and interconnected world, where what happens in Beijing and New Delhi can affect what happens in Chicago—an understanding of political systems is crucial. As political beings, we all have a stake in the processes that shape our lives; understanding them enables us to be participants, not just observers.

Political science students have the nation and the world as their laboratory. Topics such as American government and politics, world political systems, public policy and law frame debate. Participation in the Washington or Chicago Semesters, internships, Model U.N. and Mock Trial supplement classroom discussion of politics. Our political science alumni go on to rewarding careers or further education. Many go to law school; others earn a Ph.D. in political science or a master’s of public administration degree. Still others are teachers or members of the business community. Many end up as active participants in the political process, whether on the legislative, executive or judicial side.

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