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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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Attorney General George Jepsen Presents Talk as Part of Constitution Day

September 23, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University hosted Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen at its annual Constitution Day celebration. “I love constitutional law,” Jepsen said before the event began. He chatted and took pictures with students and Professor Gary Rose, chair of the Government, Politics and Global Studies department, outside SHU’s Schine Auditorium. “I like to speak with all students, whether fourth graders or pre-law students.”

Election Podcast Continues to Inform

August 12, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University continues to engage its students, faculty and community in this year’s election with weekly podcasts on its online forum, SHUsquare, led by Professor Gary Rose, a political science expert and chair of the government, politics and global studies department. Rose has been producing podcasts on the election since February 2016 for SHUsquare’s SoundCloud website. He’s covered the caucuses, primaries and conventions with the help of students and staff.

Professor Presents Paper on Connecticut School Finance at Oxford Conference

May 4, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn—Sacred Heart University Professor Lesley DeNardis recently sought to explain the gap between court-ordered school finance reform and legislative remedies in Connecticut at the spring session of the Oxford Education Research Symposium, England. DeNardis presented her research paper, entitled “Theorizing Continuity and Change in School Finance: The Case of Connecticut,” at the three-day conference, which took place at The University Club at Oxford University. Her research covered a 40-year period of Connecticut’s