Framing Complex Issues
Millikin's Department of History and Political Science is dedicated to developing your understanding of the political world at both the domestic and international levels and the historical frameworks that support modern-day understanding of complex issues. With an emphasis on theory and practice, students explore their role as active citizens in their community, country, and the world.
Through a rigorous curriculum that cultivates competency in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, we seek to develop the critical thinking and analytical skills essential to our students' long-term professional success. We also seek to instill in our students the responsibilities that civil society demands and are committed to their development as active citizens and leaders of their local, national, and world communities. We are dedicated to the development of the whole student, one who is better able to understand and engage in the development of a more ethical and just society.
Our students become lifelong learners, active citizens, and leaders, with skills applicable to many career paths. Consequently, our alumni are successful in a wide variety of fields including law, criminal justice, business, advocacy, academia, diplomacy, and electoral politics.
Students in action
The faculty in our department are committed to helping students gain practical experience in their chosen fields prior to graduation. We encourage participation in several events, including:
- Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C.
- Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
- United Nations Semester in New York
- Study abroad
- Extracurricular activities, such as Model Illinois Government, Model United Nations, Moot Court, and student government