Political Science and Public Policy

The political science program at Aurora University is designed to prepare students for careers in public policy and public administration. Students from program will learn the knowledge and skills from the public sector to enter business and industry, criminal justice, government service, and graduate or law school. Most political science majors enter the business and professional world immediately upon graduation. The program is designed to prepare students to meet these goals, and students are encouraged to have a double major or minor to increase their opportunities in today’s competitive job market. For example, students are urged to consider business, communication, criminal justice, history, leadership studies, philosophy, psychology, social work and sociology as second majors.

For students who are considering graduate or law school, the program is very effective in preparing them for the highly competitive Graduate Record Examination and the Law School Admissions Test. Our graduates can successfully compete for admission at the national level. Aurora University political science graduates have been accepted to outstanding graduate and law schools across the U.S.

In addition to coursework and on-campus activities and organizations, students can gain practical experience through a variety of off-campus experiences, including work-study terms, both state and national internship programs, and study-abroad programs. Students also can participate in independent study coursework designed to explore areas of interests.

Program Overview

Required Core Courses: 12 semester hours

  • PSC1050 Introduction to Public Policy (4)
  • PSC2160 Economics for Public Policy (4)
  • PSC2700 Research Methods for Public Policy (4)

Required Methods Courses: 16 semester hours

  • PSC2600 Designing Political Campaigns (4)
  • PSC3130 Gauging Public Opinion (4)
  • PSC2550 Political Advocacy: From the Grassroots to K Street (4)
  • PSC3410 Pressing the Agenda: Politics of the Media (4)

Required Issues-Based Course: Choose 4 semester hours from the following courses

  • PSC3300 Comparative Public Policy (4)
  • PSC3340 U.S. Domestic Policy (4)
  • PSC3380 U.S. Foreign Policy (4)

Required Capstone Courses: 8 semester hours

  • PSC4700 Capstone in Political Science and Public Policy (4)
  • PSC4830 Political Science and Public Policy Internship (4)

Pre-Law Minor: 20 semester hours

The minor in pre-law includes:

  • PHL1200 Logic (4)
  • PHL2200 Introduction to Political Theory (4)
  • PSC/CRJ3180 Constitutional Law and the Judicial System (4)
  • Eight additional semester hours from other courses in the political science program