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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 excellence in graduate studies to students in an online setting.


Economics is the study of how people manage scarce resources. Economics is a broad discipline that encompasses a wide range of topics. Microeconomics examines the choices and decisions of consumers and firms. Macroeconomics explores economy-wide issues such as unemployment, inflation, and economic growth and their impact on individuals and firms. The study of economics combines a high degree of analytical rigor with economic concepts that impart general skills applicable in many areas including business, government, education, not-for-profits, research, and consulting. An undergraduate economics degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study in economics, law, and business administration.

The study of economics at Eastern Kentucky University focuses on the application of economic understanding to real-world decision making. Economics faculty develop applications that will help students make better decisions. The faculty are student-centered. Classes in the major are small and often involve one-on-one faculty-student mentoring to complete course projects. Students have the opportunity to present their research at the annual meetings of the Kentucky Economics Association.

The strength of the economics major lies in its versatility. With 40 hours of free and directed electives, students can add another major or two minors to expand their breadth of knowledge and give them a competitive edge in their careers. The economics curriculum is designed to enhance critical and analytical skills that are essential to sound decision-making in today’s global economy. Students also acquire strong mathematical and statistical skills that are highly valued in competitive environments.

A degree in economics from Eastern Kentucky University prepares students to shape policies that can make significant contributions at the local, national, and international levels. The economics major has three options designed to meet the growing demand for economics majors:

Applied Economics: the Applied Economics option allows students to focus on individual interests such as a particular industry or non-profit sector.

General Economics: the General Economics option prepares students for entry-level positions in the field, or for graduate study in economics or a related field.

International Economics: the International Economics option prepares students for international careers, or domestic advising and consulting roles that focus on the global economic environment.

For additional information, see the American Economic Association Resources for Students.

Globalization and International Affairs

The Globalization and International Affairs major at Eastern Kentucky University is a unique interdisciplinary major that focuses on the nature of globalization and its effects on individuals, communities, regions, and nations. The main objective of this major is to provide an awareness of the global environment and broaden the international perspective of students.

The Globalization and International Affairs program enables students to analyze cultural, economic, geographical, historical, political, and social forces that influence globalization. Students learn to identify factors which impede or encourage globalization, and to evaluate the impacts of increasing global interdependence at the local, national, and international levels. One of the distinguishing features of the program is the senior seminar which brings together several disciplines, and culminates in a research paper and presentation. This capstone experience helps to integrate globalization ideas and concepts from the various related disciplines into a unified whole.

A degree in Globalization and International Affairs helps students acquire a strong inter-disciplinary background that is valued by private and public organizations, both domestic and international. The degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study in public and international affairs.

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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