Major in Political Science

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What Will I Study?

The political science major is a broad-based liberal arts degree which requires extensive reading, writing, analysis and critical thinking. Coursework  is complemented with a variety of public service internships for which students receive academic credit. Faculty within the political science program serve as mentors for students and work closely with each student for the purpose of academic and career advising. Students who graduate with a degree in political science are well prepared to attend law school, or graduate school. Political science graduates also are prepared to enter public employment at the federal, state or local level, along with a number of jobs in the private sector.

The political science major is a 36 credit degree program which can include up to 9 credits of field internships. The degree also requires 6 credits of supporting coursework in a foreign language.

Courses are offered in four major areas:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

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What are my career options with a Political Science degree?

For those students who choose to enter the work force upon graduation, the political science degree provides excellent preparation for employment in both the public and private sectors. Political Science graduates pursue a variety of careers including law, business, public administration, homeland security, foreign service, teaching, journalism, not-for-profit management, international organizations, public opinion polling, campaign management, and elective office.

Our students have secured positions with:

  • U.S. Congress
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Connecticut State Capitol
  • Law Firms
  • Federal Court Houses
  • Public and Private Schools (teaching)
  • Insurance Companies
  • Small Businesses
  • Jobs in Sales
  • State and Local Government Agencies

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Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes,  our students typically intern with/at:

  • Legislators in the Connecticut General Assembly
  • National Legislators in Washington, DC
  • US Attorney General's Office
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Connecticut Public Defender's Office
  • Congressional District Offices
  • Connecticut Probation Office
  • Election Campaign Offices
  • Party Organizations
  • International Institute of Connecticut
  • Public Administrators
  • Law Offices

Will I have research opportunities?

Political Science majors are required to complete a Senior Thesis in conjunction with standard coursework. Students may also complete research papers in conjunction with internships, independent studies, as well as part of the students' role as a paid research assistant for faculty members.

What law schools and graduate schools have your Political Science students enrolled in?

Political Science graduates from Sacred Heart University have attended law schools throughout the United States including Georgetown, Michigan State, Boston University, the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, Vermont School of Law, University of Maine, Syracuse University, Pace University, University of Albany, New York Law School, Hofstra, Touro, Western New England, Suffolk University, Villanova University, Widener, Detroit School of Law, George Washington University, University of North Carolina, University of Kansas, Southern Methodist University, and William Mitchell School of Law.

Placement in Political Science graduate programs have included among others Rice University, the University of Connecticut, Virginia Tech, the University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Massachusetts, George Washington School of Political Management, Northeastern University, Southern Illinois University, Southwest Missouri State University, and Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.

What co-curricular activities are available?

Classroom learning is enriched in a number of ways. The University's Pre-Law Program and the Political Science National Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, are housed within the Department of Government, Politics & Global Studies. Other clubs and organizations include Hearts United, a service club for military veterans and current military personnel, and the Politics and International Studies Cub (PAIS), for students who wish to explore pressing international issues. The department also houses the College Democrats and the College Republicans.  

Students partake in various field trips to the State Capitol, Washington, D.C., museums, a trip and related course to the United Nations, and a visit to the home and library of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  

In addition, the department has implemented a Semester in Washington program.

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Will I be able to study abroad?

Yes, to learn more about our study abroad opportunities available to students, visit our study abroad website.