Department of Political Science

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Recent Faculty Publications

Dr. Melissa Merry "Narrative Strategies in the Gun Policy Debate: Exploring Proximity and Social Construction"Policy Studies Journal (2018)

Dr. Adam Enders and Steven Smallpage "Informational Cues, Partisan-Motivated Reasoning, and the Manipulation of Conspiracy Beliefs"  Political Communication (2018)

Dr. Laura Moyer, Todd Collins, and Tao Dumas, "Tipping the Scales of Justice: Perceptions of Unfair Treatment in the Courtroom" Justice System Journal (2018)

Dr. Jason Abbott, "China and the Internet: Great Firewall or Panopticon?"  Asia Dialogue (2018)

Dr. Charles Ziegler, "International Dimensions of Electoral Processes: Russia, the USA, and the 2016 Elections"  International Politics (2018)

Dr. Adam Enders and 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. Tricia Gray "South-South Cooperation in the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body"Journal of Global South Studies (2018)

Student Guide

Political Science is a dynamic department at UofL with 400+ majors and 20 full-time faculty. Our students have won more national awards (including Fulbright and Truman) than any other department in the University. Our faculty have received dozens of teaching and research awards from U of L and professional associations. The recently-revamped POLS curriculum gives all majors internship opportunities so you can build your resume while earning your degree. Our majors go on to have successful careers in local, state, and national government, international affairs, nongovernmental organizations, political advocacy, business, academia, and the media.

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The B.A. in Political Science prepares students for a wide range of careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The major incorporates the all five traditional fields in Political Science with more class choices than any other track.

The B.A. with a concentration in Applied Politics prepares students for hands-on careers in public service, campaigns, and government relations. Students learn about political institutions, political behavior, and political identities. Along the way, students get the tools to put that knowledge to work in internships and other applied settings.

The B.A. with a concentration in Global Politics and International Affairs prepares students for careers with an international component, whether in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. Students can explore interests in foreign policy, international law, security, and particular regions of the world, among other topics.

The B.S. with a concentration in Law and Public Policy prepares students for a wide range of careers in public policy, politics, law, public service, as well as the private sector. Students take classes that emphasize topics in law, jurisprudence, and public policy.

If you are pursuing another major, but still have an interest in political science, we offer a political science minor that gives you an opportunity to experience key subfields of the discipline.

Learn more about our undergraduate degree options

The MA program in Political Science trains students as analytical social scientists and broadens their understanding of domestic and international politics.

Traditional MA - students take courses covering the range of subfields in political science, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Policy. They also learn to conduct political science research and take electives tailored to their interests.

MA with Digital Politics Concentration - students not only get broad training in the discipline, but also take courses focusing on the intersection of information technology and politics. This concentration is particularly suited to students seeking to gain hands-on, practical skills and experiences in areas such as online campaigns and e-government.

Accelerated BA/MA - The accelerated BA/MA program allows students to get a head start on the MA degree while completing their BA or BS in Political Science. This option allows students to finish the MA degree in three semesters after finishing their BA/BS in Political Science.

Joint JD/MA degree program - Students in the JD/MA program must complete 81 hours in the JD curriculum at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (instead of the normal 90 hours) and either 21 hours in the MA curriculum (instead of the normal 30 hours) for the Thesis Option or 27 hours in the MA curriculum (instead of the normal 36 hours) for the Non-thesis Option.

Learn more about our graduate 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.

Other resources:

U.S. News & World Report's "Best Jobs Overview"

Bureau of Labor Statistics Date on Political Science Jobs

American Political Science Association Career Information and Advice

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