Political Science and Public Policy (BA)

Why major in Political Science and Public Policy?

If you enjoy current events, analytical discussions and debates, and want to understand the role of government and political power in society and the world, a Political Science and Public Policy major could be for you. Acquiring a good grasp of public policy and the political process will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of fields including government service, law, nonprofits, business, education, social work, and international affairs. Policy analysts work to influence political and social decisions. The major is also a good foundation for law school.

Why major in Political Science and Public Policy at AU?

Aurora University’s Political Science and Public Policy program combines engaging classroom instruction in government, economics, and policymaking with dynamic experiences in electoral campaigns, political communication, policy analysis, and advocacy. Our curriculum provides students the tools to excel in analytical reading, research, writing, and data analysis—skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers. The program also prepares students for success on the tests necessary for admission to graduate programs across the United States, including law, public policy, and MBA programs.

You can expand your career opportunities with a double major in Business Administration or Criminal Justice. Even with a second major, you’ll still be able to graduate in four years.

You can also continue your education with a Master of Public Administration through AU Online.

I love that the Political Science and Public Policy program at AU has a variety of courses that I know will prepare me for any kind of career. Alison Sanders ‘22

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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Curriculum Highlights
  • Data analysis and research methods
  • Economics
  • Foreign and domestic policy
  • Political campaigning
  • Public opinion
Campus Opportunities
  • History Club
  • Pre-Law Club
AU has encouraged me to use my education to make a difference. I am confident that because of the passion and commitment to my success from faculty, I will create an impact anywhere I go. Andrea Vallejo ’20, Dunn Fellow, Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
Career possibilities
  • Activist
  • Constituent services coordinator
  • District director
  • Emergency response coordinator
  • Foreign service officer
  • Government affairs manager
  • Government officer
  • Law
  • Legislative chief of staff
  • Legislative coordinator
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy analyst
  • Political reporter
  • Politician
  • Pollster
  • Press officer
  • Public interest advocate
  • Research specialist
  • Strategic planning specialist
Career options with additional education or experience
  • Attorney
  • Chief of staff
  • City planner
  • Consultant to multinational corporations
  • Director of corporate public affairs
  • Director of nonprofit agency
  • Political action committee director
  • Professor/teacher
  • Student affairs administrator
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

In the Aurora University Political Science and Public Policy program you will learn by doing. You will design political campaigns, film press conferences, use data to craft electoral strategy, create public policies, interpret public opinion, and advocate for policy positions. At AU, you will learn to apply public administration theories to real-world situations and be confident you are getting the right education for your career goals.

Where our graduates intern and work

  • AT Health Solutions
  • Hesed House
  • Illinois General Assembly
  • Kane County Department of Health
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Senate

Advanced degree programs

AU graduates pursue advanced degrees at these graduate schools:

  • Aurora University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Purdue University
  • Roosevelt University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • University of Iowa
  • Valparaiso University