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Political Science Program

The Political Science program examines the power and process involved with politics and government. Classes focus on a variety of political ideas and theories both within the United States government and abroad.

Whether you plan to be a political science major or have an interest in taking a political science course to fulfill an elective, you'll learn to assess arguments, think independently and communicate clearly.

Determine Your Path

Political science courses prepare you for a variety of political science careers in non-profit, for-profit or private organizations. 

You want to attend a college that stands out from the rest. At COD, you'll discover:

  • Dedicated instructors with years of professional, research and publication experience. 
  • Instruction utilizing top-notch facilities, equipment and resources.
  • Affordable programs to help students achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining a savings account.
  • Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention.

Political Science Intended Major

The Political Science, Associate in Arts degree combines courses in communication, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and other areas with political science courses. This provides students pursuing a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a two-year foundation of coursework.

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Anna Gorman

"I had other options for college, but I knew that I wanted to get involved with clubs and organizations, be able to work and not sacrifice my academics. COD allowed me to do all of this as well as helped me grow and mature.” - Anna Gorman

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Allison Schraub

"I came to College of DuPage because I couldn’t afford anything else. But I stayed at College of DuPage because I wanted to be the voice for those kids who think that they have lost all hope in the world.” - Allison Schraub

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Devin Oommen

“I am forever grateful to the Political Science program and professors such as Maureen Heffern-Ponicki. They teach the subject with passion and connect lessons to events that are happening in real time.” - Devin Oommen

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 Amira Abuarqoub

"College of DuPage was the new beginning I needed after high school to reboot myself and embark on my academic journey. I have been able to accomplish so much because of the resources I was given at COD." - Amira Abuarqoub

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Marina Pascual

"I am thankful that COD provided me with the general education classes I need to prepare for my bachelor's degree in public policy." - Marina Pascual

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Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Political Science program is to apply for admission.  

Our Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a timeline based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Students who complete courses in political science will: 

  • Develop six discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities with substantive knowledge of the five subfields of political science.
  • Develop professional communication abilities in writing and oral expression.
  • Develop critical thinking and research skills leading to the ability to understand, design and carry out research.
  • Prepare for fulfilling the obligations of citizenship, including means of political participation and the development of informed policy opinions.

College of DuPage has articulation agreements for Political Science with Elmhurst University and Northern Illinois University. For more information, visit

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Political Science program.

You will learn how to identify problems and policy solutions, develop political thinking skills, data analysis and written and verbal communication skills. Watch a video to learn more about political science.

You can take any path with a political science degree. You can work for state and local government, international organizations, work in the private sector, teach or continue on to law school.