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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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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.