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Political science is a very vibrant major at Sacred Heart University. Currently, our program has over 100 declared full-time majors. The political science program has experienced phenomenal growth during the past five years, with the number of declared majors nearly doubling in size. Such impressive growth can be attributed to a very student-centered political science faculty, as well as the rising relevance of government and politics in the twenty-first century. The Department of Government and Politics consists of four full-time faculty and one half-time visiting professor. Several political science faculty are widely published and nationally known for their scholarship.‎

The Political Science program at Sacred Heart University has established several learning outcomes for the student who matriculates as a political science major, or minor. Political science students will demonstrate an understanding of American constitutional principles, the American political system, and the history of political thought.

Political science students will demonstrate an understanding of the governing structures of one distinct geopolitical region outside of the United States and
an awareness of the fundamental principles and issues associated with global politics.

Political science students will also demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between politics and ethics

Most importantly, political science students will demonstrate an ability to conduct discipline-based research and
develop their ability to read, write and think critically.

As evidence of student learning, the Department uses a wide range of exams, papers, and research projects.

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The Political Science faculty considers democratic governance as the key to civilization, and ethics as central to democratic life. The curriculum is intended to impress upon students an appreciation for liberal arts and its associated skills: reading with comprehension, reasoning with logic, and communicating with clarity.

e affirm that the liberal arts tradition provides our graduates with the knowledge, abilities, and values required to compete and succeed in the global economy.‎

Latest News

Professor Rose Publishes Book on 2012 Senate Race

October 10, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Noted political mind and chairman of Sacred Heart University’s department of Government and Politics, Professor Gary L. Rose, tackles the partisan and pricey 2012 election for one of Connecticut’s Senate seats in his latest book, “No Holds Barred: The 2012 Connecticut Senate Race.” The book, which was released in August by Academica Press, chronicles the bitter and protracted race between former WWE executive Linda McMahon and three-term congressman Chris Murphy. Rose brings the reader to the forefront of the heated contest from examining all the candidates who initially dipped into the race and the nominating conventions to the run-up of the general election and a thoughtful analysis of the election results.

Second Amendment is the Topic for Constitution Day

September 20, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The fourth and final discussion in Sacred Heart University’s four-part “Reflecting on Sandy Hook” colloquia series took place on Tuesday, September 17. The topic was “Does Connecticut’s New Gun Law Violate the Second Amendment?” Previous discussions covered tragedy and mental health, the role the media plays in the aftermath of a tragedy and the whereabouts of God when tragedy strikes. Tuesday’s discussion also served to commemorate Constitution Day. Moderated by Gary Rose, professor and chair of Government and Politics at SHU, the panelists were Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Inc., and Rob Sampson, Connecticut state representative (R-80). In his opening remarks, Rose noted that Connecticut’s law has been described as one of the most restrictive laws in the United States, and it is currently being challenged as a violation of the second amendment.

Yale Professor Paul Bracken Discusses “Managing a Multipolar Nuclear World”

April 3, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Paul Bracken, a Yale University professor who was among 2012’s Best 300 Professors in the United States list according to the Princeton Review, was at Sacred Heart University recently to speak about his new book, The Second Nuclear Age. The program was sponsored by the Isabelle Farrington College of Education, the John F. Welch College of Business and the Department of Government and Politics. Bracken, who has a joint appointment as professor in the school of management and the department of political science at Yale, received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University before earning his doctorate from Yale.