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The Bible says government is intended to restrain evil, secure justice and promote order in society. But how is that achieved in a fallen world and with flawed governments and leaders? Is there a place for faith in politics? Study political science at Northwestern, and you’ll engage these and other critically important questions for citizens who pledge allegiance to both an earthly nation and God's kingdom.

Academic programs

As a political science major, you’ll compare the U.S. political system with those of other countries, study international relations, and examine issues of global importance. Explore programs


Northwestern’s political science professors are committed Christians who don’t shy away from the public arena. They won’t teach you who or what to vote for, but they will model the deep thinking and discernment that should be part of every Christian’s—and citizen’s—decisions. Explore faculty

Capital experience

Political science majors can spend a semester in Washington, D.C., getting hands-on experience through internships with members of Congress, political parties, lobbyists or nonprofit organizations such as the Legal Aid Society or the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children. Explore off-campus opportunities

Shanell Nieuwendorp

Public servant

A double major in political science and criminal justice who is in the pre-law track, Shanell also plays intramural sports, tutors in the Peer Learning Center, and was a member of the Student Government Association and orientation staff.

Shanell's story

Derefe Chevannes

Global politics

After earning his doctorate, Derefe hopes to secure a position as a professor of politics and law. And because of the influence Northwestern’s intercultural office had on his life, he’s also hoping to head a college’s diversity office.

Derefe's story

Sarah Graham

Law and order

Leadership opportunities, a challenging education and an internship in Washington, DC, helped Sarah Graham to gain the confidence to apply to law school and pursue her dreams.

Sarah's story