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BA in Political Science


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Prepare to Influence Decision-Making and Develop Valuable Career Skills

EKU’s online political science degree provides the critical skills needed to assume a variety of roles within political and government institutions – locally, nationally or internationally – and prepares graduates to influence decision making by applying proven theory to real-world problems. Graduates also find success in graduate and professional school programs including law, public administration, government, business and homeland security. 

Enhance your degree by selecting an area of study for your undergraduate program. Choose from 3 areas of emphasis.

Prepare for career opportunities including:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Administrator
  • Community Service Manager
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Law

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The Value of a Political Science Degree

The EKU Online political science degree will prepare you for a variety of career options, including local, state and federal government agencies; regulatory agencies; law; nonprofit work; and community and economic development.

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Benefits of EKU Online

Choosing a career in political science positions you to shift the political conversation around the topics and issues you care about most. Providing an advanced understanding of U.S. and world politics, EKU blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as comparative politics, American government, world politics, public administration and public policy.

Program benefits include:

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Free text books and course materials for undergraduate students
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Competitive degree concentrations
  • No campus visits required
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Quality courses from respected political science faculty who teach the same classes online and on campus
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities
  • Personalized graduation plan

Emphasis Areas

Selecting an area of emphasis allows you to focus your major coursework and gain additional skill sets in specific areas of future employment. Choose from:

  • Public Administration/Public Policy
  • International Relations and Comparative Politics
  • American Institutions/Law

Sample Courses

POL 340 – Political Parties and Interest Groups (3)
An overview of the informal institutions of American government: functions, organization, financing of political parties, interest groups, and their relationship to democracy.

POL 321 – American Foreign Policy  (3)
Analysis of the internal processes and external factors which affect U.S. foreign policy, with emphasis on the post-World War II period. Case studies in decision-making.

POL 333 – American State and Local Government (3)
Study of the institutions and processes of government of the fifty states and of cities and counties.

POL 331 – Urban Politics (3)
Political processes of urban areas including comparisons of alternative structures of urban and other local government.

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Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as being one of the best online colleges in the nation.

Eastern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized public university located in Richmond, Kentucky. Established in 1874, EKU strives to make quality education available to everyone. A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 50 online programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety and Military Affairs.