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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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Griebel and Frank Inform Students about Governor’s Race

March 21, 2018

Connecticut gubernatorial hopeful Oz Griebel and his running mate, Monte Frank, stopped at Sacred Heart University recently to discuss the state’s issues with Prof. Gary Rose’s senior seminar class. As chair of SHU’s Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies, Rose often brings in political candidates to discuss their platforms with students.

State Legislators Share Views on Current Issues, Future Outlook

December 14, 2017

Unlike many recent heated sessions in Hartford, the discussion conducted at Sacred Heart University recently among a panel of state legislators was relatively cordial. The topic was “Connecticut at the Crossroads: A Conversation About the State’s Present and Future,” with Lesley DeNardis, director of SHU’s Master of Public Administration Program and executive director of the Institute for Public Policy, moderating. (IPP). Panelists included State Sens. Toni Boucher, Bob Duff and Tony Hwang, and State Reps. Laura Devlin, Brenda Kupchick, Cristin McCarthy Vahey and Steve Stafstrom, all of whom represent communities throughout Fairfield County.

Political Science Professor’s Book Gets Chinese Translation

December 13, 2017

A Chinese firm, Rightol Media Limited, will publish a translated version of Sacred Heart University Professor Gary Rose’s book, Shaping a Nation, which delves into 25 Supreme Court cases that had major effects on the United States. “This announcement means so much to me, particularly because there is a possibility that my book will contribute to the citizens of China gaining appreciation of constitutional government in the true sense of the term,” Rose said. “In some respects, I’m exporting constitutionalism to a communist country, which hopefully will promote and advance the cause of human rights.”