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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #9 (QS) Chicago, IL, United States
University of Chicago’s Political Science Department has had a leading program since its start, with a faculty including one of the country’s leading scholars on race, an expert on the impact of language and religion on politics, a leading scholar on the work of John Locke, and a top constitutional theorist.
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Overview

Internship settings include the Mayor’s Office of the City of Chicago, the Brookings Institution, the Washington Peace Center, and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

To build an informed understanding of the field, students take at least one course in three of four subfields: political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and international relations. In addition to other advanced courses, students take part in a research and writing program designed to help them formulate a research project and plan for their BA paper.

Learning outcomes

Political Science at University of Chicago contributes to a liberal education by introducing students to concepts, methods, and knowledge that help them understand and judge politics within and among nations. A BA degree in Political Science can lead to a career in business, government, journalism, education, or nonprofit organizations; or it can lead to a PhD program in the social sciences or to professional school in law, business, public policy, or international relations. These are only some recent examples of options that have been chosen by our graduates.

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 American Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • The Practice of Social Science Research

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission and Supplement Essays
  • Application Fee or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Midyear Report
  • Test-Optional

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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