The Political Science program at USF prepares you for multiple career paths with a solid grounding in all aspects of political science. USF’s degree program provides you with training in American politics and law, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. You will be able to analyze issues at regional, national and international levels, and develop skills and habits for lifelong learning.

A degree in political science can lead to high paying professions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median pay as $115,1100 a year for political scientists and $119,250 for lawyers. Faculty provide students with an excellent preparation for their chosen career, whether law, journalism, political campaigning, governmental work, education or law enforcement.

USF’s Political Science students learn in a state-of-the-art environment. Students become true political scientists as they use the latest technology and strategies to identify and use research data and polls. For example, the Scope and Methods class exposes students to the most recent technology and programs used by professionals. Additionally, USF’s courtroom for mock trail activities is located at its St. Bonaventure Campus, located in downtown Joliet– just down the street from the Will County Courthouse.


  • American Politics
  • Pre-Law
  • Public Policy


The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


“USF has given me an unforgettable experience. Faculty members have allowed me to grow both intellectually and as a person. Each professor has supported me and my goals, and was more than willing to help me achieve anything I set my mind to. I was pushed and motivated to learn, grow, and become a better person. This incredible support system has surrounded me with an incredible group of colleagues, mentors, and friends.”
–Autumn Lee

What Can You Do With This Degree?

As a Political Science major at the University of St. Francis, you will look at politics from many perspectives and be encouraged to take course­work from several concentrations—Pre-law, American Politics, or Public Policy. Graduates of the program can explore work in public service, the non-profit sector, the private sector, or public policy. Many graduates also go on to graduate school or law school.

Grow Through Real-World Experience

At USF, political science comes alive in and out of the classroom. Students plan political campaigns, write speeches and bills, participate in election debates and argue cases in mock trials. They examine governments, laws and the people that create and implement them. Internships in public service and law related organiza­tions are offered to juniors and seniors in the local area and in Washington, D.C. These programs form a valuable link between college and career and are an important part of the undergraduate experience. Many of USF’s Political Science majors have spent a rewarding semester living in Washington D.C. and interning in senatorial offices, congressional offices, and the White House.

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