The political science degree program at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, looks at historical and contemporary themes in politics and helps political science majors 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.
Where Our Graduates Have Worked
Law firms in New York City, Washington and across the United States
State and federal courts
U.S. Foreign Service, FBI and other governmental agencies
National and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
Opportunities in the Major
State, national and international internships
100 Doors to Success mentoring program
Peace Corps Prep
Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honor society)
Student Government Association
College Democrats/College Republicans
Courses of Special Interest
Congress and the Presidency
American Constitutional Development
The Legal System
Politics of the Middle East
Chinese Foreign Policy
International Crisis Simulations
Internships Our Students Have Completed
The U.S. Congress and Kentucky Legislature
Law firms in Lexington, Louisville, and across the United States
Canadian and British Parliament
Federal, state and local government agencies
Where Our Graduates Have Studied
University of Chicago
New York University
University of Minnesota
University of Wisconsin
University of Washington
University of Kentucky
Possible Career Options
Semester Study Abroad Opportunities
These GlobalTransy programs have at least two courses related to the major.
Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Program Director
Social Sciences Administrative Assistant
Carpenter Academic Center
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY