The Political Science Program educates students in the areas of American government, law, political theory, international politics, and research methodology. Students acquire knowledge about the variety of approaches adopted within the discipline of political science and their interaction. The program encourages political participation through internships and extracurricular activities and prepares students for graduate school, law school, and careers in government and many other related professions in which an understanding of politics and the political system is needed.
What is Political Science?
Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields…Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.
From the American Political Science Association website.
Careers in Political Science
Bellarmine graduates of the Political Science Program are found in almost every imaginable occupation, including federal, state, and local government, the military, law, political campaigns, political fundraising, international organizations, teaching, finance, public relations, coaching, business, advertising, and higher education administration.
Recent graduates have pursued graduate degrees at Asbury University, Auburn University, Bellarmine University, Hebrew Union College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University (Chicago), Morehead State University, Nagoya University (Japan), Ohio University, Southern College of Optometry, Spalding University, University of Cincinnati, University of Louisville, University of Melbourne (Australia), and Xavier University.
Graduates have gone to law schools at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana University-Indianapolis, George Mason University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Political Science Outstanding Graduates:
2007, Daniel B. Elliott: Representative, Kentucky Legislature, House District 54
2008, Addie Erwin: Policy Analyst, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France
2009, Danielle Reesor Blandford: Attorney, Morgan & Morgan
2010, Rachel Bledsoe Albritton: Senior Account Director, RunSwitch Public Relations
2011, Kasey Fehler Simpson: Teacher, Teach for America and Tulsa, Oklahoma Public Schools
2012, Benjamin Siegel: Staff Attorney, Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 1
2013, Aaron Williams: Staff Attorney, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation
2014, Wesley Scott: Chief of Staff, Forward Strategic Partners (FSP)
2015, Angela London: Law Student, George Mason University School of Law
2016, Patrick Griffo: Staff Assistant, Office of Congressman John Yarmuth
Timothy K. Welliver, Ph.D., Chair, Department of History and Political Science (email)
Aaron D. Hoffman, Ph.D. (email)
Lee R. Williams, Ph.D. (email)
Casey L. Baugher, M.Sc., Adjunct Faculty, Political Science (email)
Eric P. Roorda, Ph.D., Professor of History (email)
Additional Helpful Links
Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options on 6 continents in over 50 countries and at over 150 partner campuses around the globe.
Political Science Program
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205