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Welcome to the Department of Government and Economics

Political Science Paralegal Master of Public Administration
Economics   Globalization and International Affairs

Political Science

Political Science is the study of power, conflict, war, cooperation, governments within the United States or across the world, public agencies, human values, beliefs, voting, elections, and how all of these things intereact in the public sphere.  It was, according to Aristotle, the Master Science, because it influenced how all other knowledge was used in society.  It is especially relevant to government workers, lawyers, journalists, and educators -but any profession which works in the larger society can benefit from a major or minor in Political Science.


Paralegals are paraprofessionals who, under the supervision of an attorney, perform tasks traditionally done by attorneys.  While they do not engage in the practice of law, paralegals work with attorneys to complete specifically-delegated substantive legal work.  Paralegals performs tasks such as preparing litigation documents for attorney signature, drafting forms for a variety of cases such as estate matters, divorce filings, and bankruptcies, and communicating with potential and current clients.  The EKU Paralegal Program is designed to provide students with theoretical substantive legal knowledge as well as practical paralegal skills.  The program strives to educate paralegals who have excellent written and oral communication skills and can provide exceptional legal support for attorneys throughout the country.  The EKU Paralegal Program is availablepartially online, with students completing a two-week on-campus residency.

Master of Public Administration

The Master's of Public Administration (MPA) program is practitioner focused and geared for students whether they are midway through their career, just starting out, or anywhere in between.  The program is designed to serve those already working in the public sector as well as new college graduates.

EKU has launched the state's first fully accredited online MPA.  EKU's on-campus MPA program was also the first such program in the state, created in 1968, and brings that same excellencein graduate studies to students in an online setting.


Students of Economics 1) demonstrate a solid knowledge of modern microeconomic and macroeconomic theory; 2) demonstrate the capacity to apply their knowledge of economic theory to issues of public policy and to problems faced by decision makers in the private sector; 3) demonstrate the capacity to do empirical work in economics, including problem formulation, the retrieval and documentation of data, and statistical techniques; 4) demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively. Additionally, students will be prepared for careers in government and business. Recent graduates are employed in commercial and investment banking, insurance, sales, manufacturing, retailing, and all levels of government.

Globalization and International Affairs

Globalization and International Affairs (GLO) is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the nature of globalization and its impacts on individuals, communities, regions, and nations, and assists in broadening the international horizons of EKU students. The program will graduate culturally aware students who are comfortable in a variety of international public-sector, private-sector, and non-profit positions. GLO students will possess an enhanced awareness of worldwide economic and political events and will be able to assess their impacts on international affairs. GLO majors (1) analyze cultural, economic, geographical, historical, political and social forces affecting globalization, (2) identify factors which impede or encourage globalization, (3) evaluate the impacts of increasing globalization on individuals, communities, regions, and nations, (4) integrate globalization ideas and concepts from the various disciplines into a unified whole, and (5) compete well for international positions or for domestic positions requiring international expertise.

What can I do with a degree from the Department of Government and Economics?

Careers in Political Science

Careers in Paralegal Studies

Careers in Public Administration

Careers in Economics



What have other EKU Alumni done with their degree from the Department of Government?

Cheryl Hilvert, City Manager

Kristeena Johnson, Law Student

B.R. Masters, Deputy Chief of Staff Senate Democractic Leadership office

Brad Parke, ARC Consultant

John Samples, CATO Institute

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