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Politics

The perspectives and skills acquired by students in politics classes will serve them in a wide range of career fields, including business, journalism, law, politics, and public service.

Overview

The Politics Program is designed to assist students in developing the arts of deliberation and judgment by which they may understand more fully and participate more effectively in public affairs. Analytical reasoning, effective writing, and proficiency in basic research techniques are skills cultivated and used throughout the program.

Emphasis is placed not so much on the changing details of current events, but on the philosophical, historical, and institutional nature of the persistent problems that current issues illustrate. Students can anticipate a rigorous inquiry into political philosophy, American government, comparative government, and international relations. Students are offered a diversity of non-classroom learning experiences. The Politics Program encourages independent study, internships, and off-campus academic programs.

Your Major Took You Where?

Politics majors have gone on to a variety of graduate programs and careers.

Employers

  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • Commission on Presidential Debates
  • Courthouse Courier
  • Senator Pat Toomey
  • Strategic Marketing, SM

Postgraduate Study

  • Case Western Reserve University (J.D., international law)
  • University of Cincinnati (M.B.A., business administration)
  • University of Louisville School of Law (J.D., human/civil rights)
  • University of Southern California (M.A., film studies)
  • Washington & Lee School of Law (J.D., criminal law)

Curriculum

Politics majors take courses that cover basic ideas, concepts, vocabulary, and issues shaping contemporary American politics. Students are introduced to core global political institutions: legislatures, executives, electoral systems, economic systems, etc. Sophomore-level courses include American Political Thought, Law and Society, and Introduction to International Relations. The major requires additional courses in political philosophy, public law, American politics, and political analysis and application.

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Experiential Learning

Students engage in hands-on learning experiences and reflection to develop skills and increase knowledge retention.

Many politics majors participate in Centre’s programs in China, England, France, Japan, or Mexico. All provide exceptional opportunities to observe politics and government in a different setting.

Internships

We're committed to helping students find quality internship experiences in the career area of their choice.

The Centre-in-Washington Internship Program allows students to earn a full term’s credit while working and studying in the nation’s capital. Other opportunities have included positions in local, state, and national government including local trial attorneys, state and federal courts, the Governor of Kentucky, and U.S. Senators and Representatives.

Careers

Our extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education prepares students for meaningful lives and careers.

Graduates gravitate toward careers that deal with public issues and people—government, law, public policy, public administration, international relations, communications, special interest groups, and journalism.

Politics Faculty

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Jamey Leahey

  • Vice President for Legal Affairs and Gift Planning • Instructor of Politics

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