Loyola University Chicago’s Political Science Department offers dozens of courses each semester on various aspects of politics, including the institutions of American government; constitutional law; political systems in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America; foreign policy and international relations; and political theory, past and present.
The department also sponsors extensive internship experiences, making use of the extraordinary resources available in the city of Chicago and in Washington, D.C. Every member of the political science faculty teaches undergraduate courses and engages in scholarly research.
Faculty members have practical experience in the legal profession, the military, local politics and foreign service. The department seeks to provide all students with an understanding of political processes at home and abroad; to prepare majors and minors for purposeful careers or for further graduate or professional study; and to challenge students to think critically about problems of justice in political life.
The department also offers educational opportunities outside the classroom. It sponsors a Model United Nations Club and regularly sends students to national conferences on political affairs. The department has several endowed lecture series that make it possible to bring prominent scholars and political figures to Loyola every semester to share their ideas and to meet with students.