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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

Aaron Eckmann

Challenging beliefs

Studying political science at a Christian college has helped Aaron challenge and affirm his personal beliefs.

Aaron's story

Maya Hall

Liaison on the Hill

Her political science studies at Northwestern prepared Maya to serve in the highest offices of national government.

Maya's story

Noah Karmann

Change maker

Noah is channeling his zeal for making a difference as an assistant in Nebraska’s Office of Inspector General.

Noah's story

Shanell Nieuwendorp

Job security

Shanell’s internship with the U.S. State Department led to a job in Washington, D.C., which provided her hands-on experience that now supports her law school studies.

Shanell's story

Connor Shaull


Connor’s Northwestern education led to a verdict of “accepted” at six law schools.

Connor's story