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Public Service

A political science degree will make you marketable for public service positions that are not government affiliated. Graduates with political science degrees regularly work for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), both domestically and internationally. Additionally, many of our graduates work for non-profit organizations (NPOs). Confused about the difference between NGOs and NPOs? Learn more about these careers.

A sampling of courses for students interested in a career in public service:

  • POLS 220: Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLS 326: Nonprofit Management
  • POLS 389: International Law and Organization

Notable Alumni


Hunter Huffman

Hunter Huffman
B.A., 2010
Project Coordinator, NCDPI

I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities my NIU political science degree has awarded me. As a practitioner, the theoretical foundation and technical skills I gained have been invaluable in preparing me to solve complex social problems and think critically about the implementation of public policy. Additionally, the Department of Political Science's commitment to experiential learning not only provided a deeper understanding of concepts from the classroom, but also offered a vast network of professional connections that has propelled my career in public service.


Mansi Trivedi

Mansi Trivedi
B.A., 2014
Non-Profit Development Professional, Grant Writer

The skills I was able to develop through pursuing my political science degree at NIU proved to be a tremendous asset as I started my career in non-profit development. My emphasis in international politics helped me to build the understanding and cultural sensitivity needed in order to successfully represent the diverse immigrant population which was served by the non-profit organization that I worked for. Additionally, my degree allowed me to polish my writing and communication skills, which are essential skills to have in the non-profit sector.

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
Zulauf Hall 415
Phone: 815-753-1011
Fax: 815-753-6302