The rigorous course of study in this program looks at historical and contemporary themes in politics and aims to help students develop a sense of context about the world in which they live.
Political science examines how people interact in the public arena. If the workings of government at the community, state, national, and international levels interest you, political science courses will give you the theoretical and practical background to better understand these complex policy issues that affect virtually everyone.
Beyond course content, the program stresses the cultivation of good analytic skills through reading, writing, research, and oral presentations. Many students travel abroad to study foreign governments and, in some cases, complete internships within governing bodies.
Transylvania's political science program works to develop effective citizenship and cultivate the human capacity for freedom and self-governance that is necessary for effective democracy.
The U.S. and the world have experienced an erosion of civic life and meaningful public discourse with notions of community and common enterprise growing increasingly alien as lives become more disconnected, insulated, self-regarding, and private. Our program is committed to a revival of the "public sphere" in social, political, and academic institutions. We work to fulfill one of the fundamental ends of liberal education—to cultivate civic spirit and the human capacity for free choice and self-rule, collectively and individually.