In spite of budget delays and budget cuts, our Political Science student enrollment has grown by 10% over Fall of 2015. Political Science undergraduate and graduate students have more than forty courses to choose from this fall as they pursue degrees for the major or minor. The study of Political Science is exciting and relevant to the lives of our students, and our courses this semester are especially interesting because they are informed by major events that we read about in the media every day. In domestic politics, the 2016 presidential campaign is heating up as the general election draws closer. If you look to the left of this page, you will see a “Register to Vote Here” button that will take you directly to the Illinois State Board of Elections Online Voter Registration site. If you are not registered yet, this is your opportunity!
In addition to coursework, our students make time for student organizations, internships, study abroad, student employment and much more. Our alumni choose careers that include employment with government agencies; working for interest groups and research organizations; joining the corporate world in marketing, public relations, journalism, and other specialties; and taking positions on the staffs of elected and appointed political officials. Many of our students go on to law school and have successful careers practicing law.
Our department is a national leader in teaching civic engagement and connecting our students with the real world of politics and government. We have several major events planned, either on our own or co-sponsored with other organizations:
· September 19: National Constitution Day, a national event that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. We will have a speaker who will address an important topic of constitutional law.
· September 22-24: A conference entitled, “Fortress Europe or E Pluribus Unum? Multilevel governance, migration and asylum policy in the European Union,” co-sponsored by UIC and Rutgers University and held here on the UIC campus.
· October 7: The National Student Issues Convention, in which students meet in groups to discuss the issues that matter to them and discuss their perspectives with candidates public policy makers
· Presidential and Vice-Presidential debate watch parties, co-sponsored with student organizations
· The Political Science Department Lecture Series, featuring speakers on a variety of topics, including:
- September 21: Deirdre McCloskey, UIC, “Why Inequality Does Not Matter”
- October 5: Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago, “Provincialism and Internationalism in American Foreign Relations”
- October 19: Dianne Pinderhughes, University of Notre Dame, “Race in American Politics”
- November 2: Janet Smith, UIC, “Neighborhoods and Urban Change”
- November 16: Deniel Galvin, Northwestern University, “ US elections 2016”
As faculty, it is our goal to enhance the student experience inside and outside the classroom. All of us are active scholars who publish books and articles in our specialties, and we also love to teach and spend time with our students. We make opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students to engage side-by-side in faculty research, using a variety of methods and new technologies.
Wishing you a successful school year,
Professor Evan C. McKenzie