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The Department of Government, Politics & Global Studies houses the Political Science and Global Studies majors as well as the Master of Public Administration program. The Department of Government, Politics & Global Studies consists of four full-time faculty. Several political science faculty are widely published and nationally known for their scholarship.‎

Political Science

The Political Science major seeks to awaken in students an appreciation and an understanding of politics and government in the broadest and deepest sense. It considers democratic governance the key to civilization and ethics as central to democratic life. 

Courses are offered in four major areas: American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Classroom learning is enriched in a number of ways, including field trips to the state Capitol, Washington, D.C.; internships with legislators in the Connecticut General Assembly; Washington and district office internships with national legislators; election campaign and party organization internships; and internships with public administrators. More Information...

Global Studies

Globalization has brought about rapid change as citizens, governments, and markets worldwide have become increasingly interdependent. Today’s college graduates will need the knowledge, skills and abilities to thrive in a competitive, globalized economy. 

The major in Global Studies responds to the demands of the 21st century by equipping students with competencies through a broad based and multidisciplinary program designed to prepare them for global engagement.  It is designed for students who have strong international interests and wish to pursue those interests in a program of study. More Information...

Public Administration

The Master in Public Administration is a professional degree that prepares individuals for careers in the public sector, government agencies, human service organizations and non-profits. The MPA program consists of a total of 36 credits: a core curriculum of 24 credits and 12 credits of an elective curriculum that can be selected from the following options: non-profit management, emergency management and an individualized concentration of 4 electives from the list approved by the program director. More Information...

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Annual Hesburgh Lecture Examines the Challenges of Peacebuilding

October 18, 2017

While global violence has pervaded the nation’s consciousness for nearly 20 years, violence closer to home has become up-close and personal for Americans, according to George A. Lopez, this year’s Hesburgh lecturer at Sacred Heart University.

Healy Discusses Free Speech at Constitution Day Talk

September 21, 2017

“Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?” was the provocative question posed by Thomas J. Healy, J.D., the featured guest speaker on September 20 at Sacred Heart University’s observance of Constitution Day 2017. The observance was in the form of a talk Healy gave in University Commons, sponsored by SHU’s Department of Government, Politics & Global Studies, in collaboration with the 3 + 3 Bachelor’s Program with Seton Hall University School of Law, SHU’s Pre-Law Club and the Human Journey Colloquia Series.

Professor Gary Rose Publishes Analyses of the 2016 Presidential Election in New Book

September 6, 2017

Gary Rose, professor and chair of the Government, Politics and Global Studies program at Sacred Heart University, knew he wanted to write a book on the 2016 presidential election four years ago. Rose's new book, HAYWIRE: A Chronology of the 2016 Presidential Contest, was released in August.