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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Longtime Professor Shares Stories of His Time at Sacred Heart

May 22, 2018

Longtime Sacred Heart University Professor Gary Rose shared stories about his life and dedicated tenure at a recent event in his honor. The event, sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and Office for Alumni Engagement, allowed faculty, staff and alumni to learn a bit more about Rose, who has taught at SHU for more than 35 years. Guests gathered at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center for a light-hearted conversation between Rose and one of his former students, Matthew C. Reale ’86.

Students Debate Second Amendment, Immigration

May 1, 2018

An engaged audience of Sacred Heart University students and faculty packed the Martire Theater recently to hear an impassioned debate on immigration and the Second Amendment by members of four campus political clubs. The Student Public Forum Debate was the first in what is expected to be an ongoing series of programs under the banner of the SHU Political Union, a collaborative educational and debate forum for students of diverse political persuasions.

Student Public Forum Debate

April 25, 2018

7 p.m.