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Political Science Program

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 the military, law, political campaigns, teaching, finance, public relations, coaching, local government, 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), 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, Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana University-Indianapolis, George Mason University, and the University of Notre Dame.


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)
Eric P. Roorda, Ph.D., Professor of History (email)

Faculty Profiles

Student Involvement

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Study Abroad

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.

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Political Science Program
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

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