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Welcome to the Department of Government

Political ScienceParalegal  ♦  Globalization and International Affairs  ♦  Master of Public Adminstration

Political Science

Student in front of capitol buildingPolitical 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.


Mock TrialParalegals 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 available, with students completing a two-week on-campus residency.

Master of Public Administration

Public Administration students at graduationThe 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.

Globalization and International Affairs

Lobbist MeetingThe 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.

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Careers in Paralegal Studies

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