Department of Political Science

Your support is critical to our success. Gifts to the Department of Political Science help us continue our exceptional research and will support the development of outstanding graduates and professionals.

Recent Faculty Publications

Dr. Adam Enders, Miles T. Armaly, "The Differential Effects of Actual and Perceived Polarization"  Political Behavior (2018)

Dr. Laura Moyer and Ellen Key, "Political Opportunism, Position Taking, and Court-curbing Legislation"Justice System Journal (2018)

Dr. Jason Gainous, Dr. Jason Abbott, and Kevin Wagner, "Traditional Versus Internet Media in a Restricted Information Environment: How Trust in the Medium Matters" Political Behavior (2018)

Dr. Dewey Clayton, “Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement:  A Comparative Analysis of Two Social Movements in the United States" Journal of Black Studies (2018)

Dr. Steven Brooke, Neil Ketchley, "Social and Institutional Origins of Political Islam"  American Political Science Review (2018)

Student Guide

Political Science majors at the University of Louisville have been extremely successful in earning prestigious scholarships and fellowships. The roster of recent successes includes numerous Fulbright Award winners and multiple Truman Scholars. Since 2010, three of our students have won the annual Mary Churchill Humphrey scholarship, often described as UofL’s Rhodes Scholarship because it supports graduate study in Great Britain. Two students also won the Woodcock Medal in this time period, a recognition that is awarded annually to the top undergraduate senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Four of the last six presidents of the Student Government Association were Political Science majors. And many of our majors go on to have successful careers in government, international affairs, nongovernmental organizations, business, academia, and media.

Learn more about our undergraduate degree options

"A degree in political science provides strong preparation for a wide range of careers. Our UofL graduates go on to challenging jobs in government, campaigns, the nonprofit sector, law, public policy, academics, and business, both in the U.S. and abroad. The first stop for students who want to explore their career options with a bachelor's degree in political science is the Career Development Center. The UofL Career Development Center supports students from their freshman year to their senior year and beyond with career assessments, advising, job and internship postings, resume and interview help, special events and more."

The MA program in Political Science trains students as analytical social scientists and broadens their understanding of domestic and international politics. With over twenty full-time faculty, the Department offers a wide range of courses and provides opportunities for students work one-on-one with faculty members, developing original research projects or working as co-authors on conference papers or journal article manuscripts. Our recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers in government and politics, the nonprofit sector, law, and education. Other graduates have used their enhanced academic credentials to gain admission to top ranked PhD programs. For more information email

Political Science (Minor) This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Political Science

Ford Hall Rm. 205

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Office Hours

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