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Political Science

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, D.C., and Chicago
Law firms across the United States
State and federal courts
Disability Law Center
Diplomatic service
FBI and other governmental agencies

Opportunities in the Major

Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honor society)
Student Government Association
College Democrats/College Republicans
State, national and international internships

Courses of Special Interest

Congress and the Presidency
Globalization and Civic Responsibility
Politics of the Middle East
International Politics
The Legal System
American Constitutional Development

Internships Our Students Have Completed

Members of the U.S. Congress
Members of the Kentucky Legislature
Lexington attorneys
Canadian Parliament
Hansard Society Program, British Parliament

Where Our Graduates Have Studied

Emory University
Harvard Law School
Indiana University
New York Law School
Stanford University
Vanderbilt University Law School
University of Chicago
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin Law School

Possible Career Options

Government official

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

Australia I
Australia II
Czech Republic
England I
England II
France II
Germany II
New Zealand
South Africa
South Korea
Thailand I

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.


Steve Hess, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Program Director

(859) 233-8214

Katie Banks, Social Sciences Administrative Assistant

(859) 233-8110

Carpenter Academic Center
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY

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