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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 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

Presidential Candidate Gov. John Kasich Talks Issues at SHU

April 13, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The crowd that turned up to see presidential candidate John Kasich at Sacred Heart University recently was so large, it overflowed a meeting room and spilled into an atrium, two nearby classrooms and a second-floor balcony. Kasich was at SHU’s Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center to conduct a town hall meeting, discussing his views and issues facing the nation. State Sen. Tony Hwang of Fairfield, who is Kasich’s Connecticut campaign chair, arranged the visit.

The Honorable Elaine L. Chao to Speak as Part of "Women Can Have It All" Series

March 9, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Linda McMahon, founder and CEO of Women’s Leadership LIVE and co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), will host the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009), in the fifth installment of her ongoing series, “Women Can Have it All,” at Sacred Heart University.