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  • Student taking Political Science at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    "At Roosevelt University I learned how to be a strong leader. It's important to be a consensus builder. Everyone needs a seat at the table for change to happen. You also need courage. It takes a lot of gumption to put your ideas out there. Studying Political Science has taught me that we are all citizens of a global environment with interconnected destinies. Therefore, we must work hard to ensure that we fight for justice and equality for every individual. I am now inspired to fulfill my mission in life, which is helping people. Roosevelt University planted the seeds that have inspired me to pursue a life devoted to public service and the betterment of my community. I hope to attend law school to defend civil rights and eventually run for government office. Real change comes from the federal government."

    After graduating, Alex accepted a position in the office of democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. In fall 2011 he was offered a job in the Obama administration, working for the Secretary of Energy.

    Alexander Sewell, BA Political Science (2011)
    Social justice at Roosevelt University

Year 2 Matriculation Requirements

International students matriculate from the International Year to Roosevelt University's undergraduate program when these requirements are fulfilled:

  • Maintained 2.00 or higher GPA
  • Portfolio poster presentation
  • Passed exit interview
  • Recommendations from professors
  • Post-institutional TOEFL test

These steps are built into the International Study Center program, giving international students the best chance of successful progression to a bachelor's degree.

Academic credit for the Roosevelt-equivalent courses taken during International Year is transferred to your degree.

Your bachelor's degree

Pre-law Degree: Choice of Majors

Upon completion of your degree pathway program, you will have reached the required English level, acquired academic credits, and integrated into American university life. You then matriculate into Year 2 of an undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Your choice of pre-law degrees and social science degrees once you have completed the International Year pre-law pathway:

Criminal Justice, BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for leadership roles within the criminal justice field. This pre-law degree program is designed for those who wish to become criminal justice professionals, or who seek advancement in the field. A criminal justice degree also provides a foundation for law school and continuing life-long professional development as a policy-maker.

Graduates of the program are well-placed to succeed in supervisory and management roles in areas including policing, homeland security, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, child and victim advocacy, security and associated support agencies. The courses cover contemporary issues facing the decision-makers of the American criminal justice system, with an emphasis on the skills necessary to become an effective leader. 

International Studies, BA

International studies is an interdisciplinary degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. At least 5 courses in international studies must be taken:

  • Cross-Cultural Anthropology
  • Principles of Economics I
  • The World since 1500
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Science 

Students choose elective courses from the following three tracks: Regional Studies (including courses focusing on Latin America, Europe, Southern cone, Middle East, and Egypt), Developments in the Global System, and Race, Rights, Gender and Activism.

Students may also deepen their learning and gain valuable work experience through internships with an agency or organization that deals with international issues and populations.

Political Science, BA

Political science deals with how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relationship of politics to the economy, culture, and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. The undergraduate pre-law degree curriculum is made up of 4 sub-fields: US politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Roosevelt University is ideally located for studying political science, as it is in one of the USA's most dynamic metropolitan areas. Government is the area's largest employer and Chicago is home to a large number of political offices, social action groups, and political consultants.

Social Justice Studies, BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program coordinated by the Economics Department that integrates theories, methods, and substance of economics, history, political science and sociology as they bear on questions of social justice. What is social justice? What are the processes that produce injustice in our world and how do they operate? How are people working - or how might people work - to achieve social justice.

All students in this pre-law degree program have the opportunity to work with agencies and/or organizations in the Chicago area. Chicago has a critical mass of people and resources working together on every major contemporary issue of concern. Internships give students access to and experience with advocacy groups, non-profit institutions, and governmental institutions.

Sociology, BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Roosevelt University centers on traditional sociological perspectives, but also provides students with a grasp of research and theoretical principles and the opportunity to develop that understanding in classes selected to fit individual interests and career goals.

Sociology, like the other social sciences, focuses on human behavior. What distinguishes Sociology from these other disciplines is its emphasis on social structure as a means of analyzing and interpreting that behavior. A degree in Sociology provides students with analytical skills, the ability to design research projects, and what is perhaps most important, real insight into the human condition, talents that can be used in a variety of occupational settings.

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  • English support at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    Improve Your English Level Before Your Bachelor's

    To study these bachelor's degrees at Roosevelt University in Chicago, you need an official English test score of:

    • TOEFL 80 iBT (minimum 18 in writing)
    • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in writing)

    If you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, or have a lower level of English, your best pathway to a degree is the International Year.

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    Offers courses in subjects including politics, public administration, international relations, globalization, government and non-profit management, and legal studies.  

    The department's distinguished faculty has both academic and applied experience. Their research and consulting allow them to bring a professional perspective into the classroom. Above all, they are teachers who are as passionate about their students' success as they are about their subject areas.

  • College of Professional Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago


    This is a dynamic learning community dedicated to supporting the workplace goals of students. All degrees accommodate the diverse population of students with flexible class schedules. Students enjoy 'round-the-clock' access to a world-class education, and Roosevelt University's devoted, student-centered faculty. Classes are taught by a dedicated group of full-time professors and industry leaders who use analytical and creative approaches in an energizing, innovative format.

    Programs include: criminal justice; training and development; organizational leadership; paralegal studies; sustainability.