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…Political science students gain the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.
From the American Political Science Association website.
Careers in Political Science
Bellarmine graduates of the Political Science Program go on to almost every imaginable occupation, including federal, state, and local government, the military, law, political campaigns, fundraising, political advocacy, 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, Columbia University, Hebrew Union College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University (Chicago), Morehead State University, Nagoya University (Japan), Ohio University, Rutgers University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern College of Optometry, Spalding University, University of Cincinnati, University of Leeds (England), University of Louisville, University of Melbourne (Australia), Wake Forest University, 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, University of Cincinnati, Marquette University, Lewis & Clark, George Mason University, UCLA, and the University of Notre Dame.
Political Science Outstanding Graduates:
2007: Daniel B. Elliott
2008: Addie Erwin
2009: Danielle Reesor Bladford
2010: Rachel Bledsoe Albritton
2011 (Fall): Kasey Fehler Simpson
2011 (Spring): Bethany Morse
2012: Benjamin Siegel
2013: Aaron Williams
2014: Wesley Scott
2015: Angela London
2016: Patrick Griffo
2017: Thomas Gunnar Kehrt-Reese
2018: Alexandria Thompson
2019: Kayla Martin
Recent Graduates Who are Elected Officials:
Daniel B. Elliott, Representative, Kentucky Legislature, House District 54
Sarah Milligan, Washington County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Indiana
Timothy K. Welliver, Ph.D., Chair, Department of History and Political Science (email)
Aaron D. Hoffman, Ph.D. (email)
Lee R. Remington, J.D., Ph.D. (email)
Casey L. Baugher, M.Sc., Adjunct Faculty, Political Science (email)
Additional Helpful Links
Political Science Program
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205