Studying Political Science at Kenyon
With a firm grounding in political philosophy, Kenyon’s political science department seeks to understand how political decisions affect people’s lives. Students and faculty join in a small and vibrant intellectual community that debates current events and the most profound, enduring issues of public life.
Political science courses combine ancient and modern political philosophy with analyses of American politics, comparative politics and international relations. In small seminars, students learn to understand contemporary issues, shape arguments and understand their consequences, guided by widely published faculty who are experts in their fields.
Quest for Justice
What is justice? Can humanity agree on a definition? And even if so, can we build a society that is truly just? At the end of our quest, the answer may still elude us, but perhaps the real justice is all the friends — philosophers, statesmen, novelists and classmates around the seminar table — we made along the way.
Liberal Democracy in America
“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom,” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in his famous analysis of Democracy in America. This course examines how the principles and institutions of the American political system have evolved since the nation’s founding.
Related Programs and Opportunities
The Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) brings together our voices in debate, stimulating nonpartisan civic and political discourse.