About the Department

Now entering our second century at Northwestern University, we are one of the largest departments within Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, with over 60 faculty, 90 graduate students, 550 undergraduate major and minors and 5 administrators.

We are one of the most intellectually diverse faculty on campus. Every year we offer over a hundred undergraduate and graduate courses, relating to the politics of legislatures, governments, economies, law, judiciaries, firms, banks, everyday people, insurgent movements and more. We study politics using multiple methods including statistics, field research, experiments, textual and historical analysis. Our faculty and students study politics in America, Europe, Latin America, China, international institutions, Southeast Asian, Russia, the Middle Eastern, Africa, and really anywhere politics are at play.

More information is available about our department’s particular strengths.