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Melissa Merry & Aaron Smith-Walter "Biden Calls for Assault Weapon Ban – But Does Focus on Military-style Guns and Mass Shootings Undermine His Message?" The Conversation (2023)
Adam Enders, et al. "The Psychological and Political Correlates of Conspiracy Theory Beliefs" Scientific Reports (2022)
Adam Enders, et al. "How Anti-Social Personality Traits & Anti-Establishment Views Promote Beliefs in Election Fraud, QAnon, & COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories & Misinformation" American Politics Research (2022)
Jason Gainous, et al. "Is the MENA Surfing to the Extremes? Digital and Social Media, Echo Chambers/Filter Bubbles, and Attitude Extremity." International Journal of Communication (2022)
Krasi Staykov, Poli Sci major, is the recipient of an On the Table Microgrant from CivicLex
POLS alums, Allison Warnersmith & Dane Warner, co authored this article with Dr. Jason Gainous
Poli Sci student, Mery Muluberehan, is featured as a part of UofL’s Here & Beyond Campaign
POLS alum Lucy Helm (BA '79) named UofL Alumna of the Year
POLS student Tristin Black was selected for a 2022 Rangel Scholar and spent the summer in D.C.
Two-time UofL Alum, Michael Lindenberger (POLS ’03, Law ’06), was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing
U of L United Nations Association recognized for mock diplomatic efforts
Prof. Laura Moyer's article "All eyes are on you': Gender, race, and opinion writing on the US Courts of Appeals" was one of the top downloaded articles from Law & Society Review
Prof. Adam Enders is quoted in this NY Times article on conspiracy theories
Prof. Dewey Clayton was named the honoree from District 9 during the Louisville Metro Council’s 21st annual Black History Month Program
Prof. Dewey Clayton joined a national scholars panel discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. & his impact on Black activism today
Prof. Charles Ziegler interviewed with Voice of America Russian service, in this article on US, China, and Russia
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unemployment rates of 25- to 29-year-old bachelor’s degree holders, by selected fields of study: 2017
• Average for all fields of study: 3.1%
• Average for Political Science and Government study: 2.7%
The salary for POLS BA/BS degree holders is also about the same as the median salary overall.
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