Government, Politics & Global Studies

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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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Gary Rose Weighs in on the 2016 Presidential Election in New Book

August 1, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—To date there has been no book, popular or academic, that so meticulously tracks one presidential election contest from the starting gate to the finish line as "HAYWIRE: A Chronology of the 2016 Presidential Contest."

Master of Public Administration Program to Launch in 2018

July 24, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University will launch a new master of public administration (MPA) program in fall 2018 through its Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies. “The master of public administration is a professional degree that will prepare individuals for careers in the public sector, government agencies, human service organizations and nonprofits,” says Lesley A. DeNardis, director of the program.

Sacred Heart and Seton Hall Law to Offer 3+3 Bachelor’s and J.D. Program

April 12, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart and Seton Hall University School of Law are partnering on a new 3+3 program that will allow select students to earn a bachelor’s degree at Sacred Heart and a Juris Doctor at Seton Hall Law in six rather than the usual seven years. Students in this program will complete their undergraduate degree (in political science, global studies, history, sociology, English, criminal justice, foreign languages, psychology, chemistry or philosophy/theology/religious studies) in three years (90 credits). The remaining 30 undergraduate credits will be completed during the first year of law school at Seton Hall Law.