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Political Science

Academic Overview

The political science program looks at historical and contemporary themes in politics and helps students develop a sense of context about the world they live in.

“Transylvania political science graduates have done very well both in graduate and professional schools and as professionals—attorneys, judges and college professors. But success is not limited to those fields—our graduates have been successful in business, film and as authors.”

Don Dugi,
professor of political science

Political science examines how people interact in the public arena. If the workings of government at the community, state, national and international levels interest you, political science courses will give you the theoretical and practical background to better understand these complex policy issues that affect virtually everyone.

Beyond course content, the program stresses the cultivation of good analytic skills through reading, writing, research and presentations. Many students travel abroad to study foreign governments, and in some cases, complete internships within governing bodies and with governmental officials both in the U.S. and abroad.

Our program is committed to a revival of the “public sphere” in social, political and academic institutions. We work to fulfill one of the fundamental ends of liberal education—to cultivate civic spirit and the human capacity for free choice and self-rule, collectively and individually.


Don Thomas Dugi
Professor of Political Science; Program Director
(859) 233-8233

Katie Banks
Social Sciences Administrative Assistant
(859) 233-8110

109A Haupt Humanities Building
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY

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Law firms in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago
State and federal courts
Disability Law Center
Diplomatic service
Emory University
Indiana University
New York Law School
Stanford University
University of Chicago
Vanderbilt University
University of Minnesota Law School
Government official
Congress and the Presidency
Globalization and Civic Responsibility
Politics of the Middle East
International Politics
The Legal System
American Constitutional Development
Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honor society)
Student Government Association
College Democrats/College Republicans
State, national and international internships
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