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The Department of Government, Politics & Global Studies houses two majors: Political Science and Global Studies. 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...

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Trumbull First Selectman Speaks to Political Science Students

January 20, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – First Selectman of Trumbull, Tim Herbst, shared how he got involved in politics, his experience running for state treasurer, opinions on the 2016 presidential election and much more with students in Sacred Heart University’s State and Local Government course during a recent visit. Herbst, who is currently serving his fourth term as first selectman for the town of Trumbull seemed energized and ready to exchange ideas and answer questions. But as it turned out, he had actually been up since 2 a.m. when the Trumbull police chief called to tell him a threat had been made on the high school.

Students Tour State Capitol and Supreme Court

November 25, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Students got a glimpse of what it’s like to be a state lawmaker while on a recent field trip to the State Capitol. On a clear, sunny Monday morning, Gary L. Rose, professor and chair of the Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies at Sacred Heart University, greeted students as they boarded a coach bus. Rose offered the trip to students taking his state and local government course as well as students in the Pre-Law Club.

Senator Blumenthal to Speak at Annual Constitution Day

August 19, 2015

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University will host U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) at its annual celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. In addition to campus events highlighting the national anniversary, Blumenthal will deliver a public address on the centrality of the U.S. Constitution to Americans’ freedom and form of government. This free talk will take place on Friday, September 18, at 9 a.m. in University Commons.