Welcome to the home page of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. Since its founding more than forty years ago the department has always remained at the forefront of training the leaders of the future – in the field of public service, research, and teaching. Our goal is to prepare students to better understand the world, be informed citizens, and to contribute to the establishment of a just and peaceful community – both local and global.
The faculty of this department is committed to teaching while at the same time engaging in cutting-edge research and exemplary services to professional organizations and local communities. Through various academic and extra-curricular activities students are prepared to take up jobs in local and federal governments, build careers in private organizations, serve the legal system, and work for their communities in various ways -- in the United States and elsewhere in the world. The department provides a vibrant environment for the pursuit of understanding the dynamics of our society, political processes, and political institutions, and offers opportunities of civic engagements.
Please browse the website to learn more about our department, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Ali Riaz, Professor and Chair