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Political Science, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Political Science program of Northwestern University offers studies of politics and power from domestic, international, and comparative perspectives. It entails understanding political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behavior, as well as groups, classes, government, diplomacy, law, strategy, and war. 
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Overview

The Political Science program of Northwestern University tries to understand how politics works. Our field tries to answer these questions and many others.

  • Why do countries fight wars?
  • Why can’t the Democrats and Republicans in Congress cooperate with each other?
  • Why are some countries rich and others poor?
  • What does it mean to act ethically in politics? 

The curriculum focuses on critical thinking, data analysis, and ethical reasoning and provides you with knowledge about current and past political events across the world. Our alumni pursue a number of different careers. These include government service (at federal, state, and local levels) nonprofits, law, campaigns and polling, journalism, consulting, and business.

Career paths

Many students major in political science because of potential career options. The most popular of these are law, government service, business, policy analysis, and teaching at every level. Northwestern graduates have been inordinately successful in these careers, and many others. Indeed, recruiters and advisors know the value of a political science education—with its many skills of analysis and organization—in preparing students for a well-rounded life after graduation, whatever the particular career choice. Many undergraduates translate their majors into further education in graduate school in political science or related humanities and social science disciplines.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to Empirical Methods in Political Science
  • Introduction to Interpretive Methods in Political Science
  • American Government and Politics
  • Introduction to Law in the Political Arena
  • Introduction to International Relations

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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