Why study Political Science at PNW?
Political Science majors at Purdue Northwest enjoy a broad, practical education in American politics, political theory, and world politics. Department faculty lead experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad and conference presentations, and assist students in obtaining internships with state and federal officials, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns. Our graduates begin careers in the private and public sectors and win admission and scholarships to prestigious graduate and law schools.
Professor Rincker received the university’s 2014-15 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching. Her teaching interests include International Relations, Comparative Politics, European and Russian Politics, and Gender and Politics. Professor Rincker also teaches International Organizations, an experiential learning course featuring student participation each November in the four-day long American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, Illinois. She serves as advisor for student government and for Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.
Professor Rincker is also author of Empowered by Design: Decentralization and the Gender Policy Trifecta (Temple University Press, 2017).
- Federal, state and local government
- Nonprofit administration
- Paralegal/legal assistant
- Sales and account management
- Institutional research analyst
- Elementary and secondary teaching
- Graduate study in political science, public administration, or law
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Political science major wins state legislative scholarship
Magdalena Madrigal, a senior majoring in political science, won a 2017 Verizon Intern of the Year Scholarship for her work in the Indiana Senate. During her paid Spring 2017 internship in Indianapolis, she assisted two local Democratic state senators by responding to constituent correspondence, staffing committee hearings and conducting research on policy issues including health care, hate crimes legislation, and South Shore expansion.
“The internship placed me in the ideal environment for any student considering a career in government affairs,” Madrigal said. “I was able to form relationships with people who work for all sorts of organizations in the public and private sector.”
Where do our alums work?
- Department of Homeland Security (Washington, DC)
- GE Digital (Chicago)
- Arabella Advisors (nonprofit based in Chicago, IL)
- University of Chicago
- Attorney, Burke, Costanza and Carberry LLP (Merrillville, IN)
- Patent attorney, Taft, Stettinus & Hollister (Indianapolis, IN)
- Associate City Planner, Gary, IN
- Director, Westchester Public Library (Chesterton, IN)
- Representative Pete Visclosky (IN)
- City of San Antonio: Department of International Relations and Economic Development
- Indiana Senate (Indianapolis)
- Lake County courts
- Northwest Indiana Forum
- Indiana Legal Services
- Urban League of Northwest Indiana
- Lake County Libertarian Party
- Town of Merrillville
- Local law offices
- POL 300 — Political Analysis
- POL 346 — Law and Society
- POL 401 — Practicum in Local Government (internship)
- POL 433 — International Organizations (Model United Nations)
- POL 491 — Senior Seminar