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Student Life

Student Life

The Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University has over 400 students majoring in politics and government and over 200 students with minors in the department. Our students are very involved in campus life, many are leaders in student government, and others take part in activities in a host of different student-run organizations that both facilitate learning and allow students to apply what they've learned in the classroom in practical settings.

Student Organizations

Our department-sponsored organizations include:

  • Pi Sigma Alpha

    Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

  • Political Science Organizations

    This club represents the department in a variety of ways and is a great way to get to know your fellow students.

  • Applied Community & Economic Development Students Association

    The Applied Community and Economic Development Students Association is reserved for graduate-level students

  • Pre-Law Club

    The Pre-Law Club is dedicated to giving its members the opportunities and knowledge to step into their chosen legal path with confidence.

There are other affiliated student organizations in which Politics and Government students can participate.

Check the list of other affiliated student organizations

Student Life Activities and Opportunities

  • Student Conferences

    Students from Illinois State and other universities come together and share their research.

  • Student Trips

    Students are able to embark on several trips, both to national and international locations.

  • Mock Trial

    A team-based competition that provides students first-hand experience about the roles that lawyers and witnesses play in the American legal process.

  • Model UN

    Promote democracy, diplomacy, global understanding, and civic engagement through participation in Model United Nations conferences and educational endeavors.