About the Department

The Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa offers a number of unique undergraduate programs taught by nationally and internationally known scholars.  Our mission is to promote systematic analyses of local, national and international political processes by disseminating knowledge, equipping students with critical thinking and analytical skills, and contributing scholarly research and publication to the discipline.

Our faculty teach and research in all the subfields of political science: American politics, political theory, comparative politics, international relations, public policy and public administration.  As a result, we are able to offer a wide range of courses. Our pre-law minor provides thorough background preparation for law school, including courses in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties and Judicial Process. We are only one of a handful of universities nationwide that offer political communication and public administration as undergraduate majors. The Department also has the largest area specialist faculty in the State of Iowa, covering Western Europe, Eastern Europe/Russia, Latin America, Africa, East Asia and the Middle East/South Asia.  Our public administration majors are trained for jobs in the public, nonprofit and private sectors and through our Program in State and Local Government participate in project development and management working directly with government officials.

Students have the opportunity to participate in our two student organizations: the Political Science Society and the Daniel Webster Law Society. In addition, the department offers a number of internship opportunities and encourages study abroad.

A Political Science major offers students several different career paths. Many of our graduates go on to law school and highly selective graduate programs in Political Science. Other alumni hold high level positions in federal, state and local agencies or have entered careers in journalism, the foreign service or political consulting.  Our alumni have also been successful in electoral politics in the Iowa Statehouse and beyond and include among others, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. 

Please explore the links to department faculty and activities offered through this web site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email (donna.hoffman@uni.edu) or phone (319) 273-2039.


Donna Hoffman
Department Head and Associate Professor