North Central College - Naperville, IL

Political Science

Why choose political science at North Central College?

You’ll apply what you learn to your day-to-day life while you further your academic and career goals. Political science majors agree that our energetic faculty run one of the most rigorous, communication-intensive majors at North Central. These dedicated professors will challenge you to think critically about governments, public policies and political processes–whether you’re analyzing source materials, reading online news sources or preparing to cast a vote. You’ll start contributing to local and global communities right away.

You can also:

  • Work one-on-one with faculty members on their research projects, whether authoring a textbook or monitoring political candidates.
  • Complete your own research projects, then present them at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and other forums.
  • Apply for a Richter Grant to fund your research anywhere in the world.
  • Attend at least one professional conference, such as the Midwest Political Science Conference in Chicago, and write a paper about your experiences.
  • Gain valuable practical experience in law and international relations through the faculty-led Mock Trial and Model United Nations organizations.


Alyx Mark, assistant professor of political science
Alyx Mark, North Central College assistant professor of political science, reviewed a new book by Deborah L. Rhode titled “The Trouble with Lawyers.”
Five North Central College alumni who reflect the high aspirations of North Central graduates are recognized and honored at Homecoming as outstanding alumni.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will share his experiences on the U.S. presidential campaign trail at a premier book event to be held on campus.



  • Intern, White House
  • Campaign intern, U.S. Representative Judy Biggert, Naperville
  • Consulting firm, Coleman Group, Chicago
  • Senate press intern, Office of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Chicago
  • Volunteer relations intern, World Relief, Aurora, IL
  • Legislative assistant, Illinois Physical Therapy Association, Naperville
  • Youth intern, Global Vision International, Esteli, Nicaragua
  • Law clerk, Keough and Moody P.C., Naperville
  • Office of Member of British Parliament Vincent Cable, London, England

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in political science have been accepted at:

  • Yale University
  • University of Kentucky
  • John Hopkins University-SAIS
  • American University
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Bush School of Government and Service, Texas A&M University
  • The George Washington University
  • St. Louis University School of Law
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Fordham University
  • DePaul University
  • University of San Diego
  • Appalachian State University
  • University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University


Recent graduates in political science include:

  • Manager of federal government relations, Darden Restaurants, Orlando, FL
  • Associate Attorney, Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., Woodridge, IL
  • Associate director of global operations, Peace Corps
  • Assistant State’s Attorney, DuPage County
  • Community resource coordinator, Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter
  • Vice president of advocacy, economic growth and quality of life, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville, IL
Political Science major

“The type of political science faculty at North Central is very important to me … they have diverse backgrounds and styles, rigorous intellectual environment, and a willingness to include students in their research. They want us to excel and take advantage of as many opportunities as possible.”

An international student from Rwanda, Etienne has seized many opportunities. He presented research at North Central’s undergraduate symposium, participated in Model United Nations and raised funds for a school he cofounded in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he lived after escaping the violence of Rwanda. “I had the idea we could help build peace by providing educational opportunities.”  


Political Science major

“When I took my first class in political science I fell in love with the field,” recalls Megan, who was named the College’s Outstanding Major in Political Science during her junior year. “I changed my original plans to include political science.”

Megan appreciates the way professors teach at North Central. “You learn both on a research level and a practical application level,” she says. For instance, in one course she and her classmates played the roles of House members and majority and minority leaders trying to pass legislation. And one summer, Megan helped a professor create a database of fundraising statistics for every congressional campaign since the 1960s. “That really broadened my horizons,” she...

Political Science major

“I’ve always had an interest in forming policy and international relations but didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career. There is no better place than North Central to find those answers,” says Christopher. “The quality of the political science program is so high and the professors so compelling that it drew me out of my shell.”

For Christopher, the best part of his discovery was working with professors on their research. “They really know their way around the field, and I connected to the field in a way that most undergraduates don’t have opportunities to do.”

Getting to know professors on a personal level, Christopher says, is helpful if you’re pursuing graduate work. “When writing references...

Political Science major

As a political science major, Meghan has noticed on numerous occasions how easy it is to apply what she’s learned in her classes to other areas of study.

“What we discuss goes beyond just ‘politics.’ We’re taught to be more than passive consumers of knowledge. The program stresses critical thinking that can be applied to any profession in any field. It’s both fascinating and captivating,” she says.

Meghan enjoys the sense of community within North Central’s political science department. A weekly newsletter keeps everyone up to date on the accomplishments of students and faculty. The department also hosts various events such as debate watch parties and an annual barbecue.

“The professors’...