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The Department of Government houses the Political ScienceGlobal Studies and Criminal Justice programs as well as the Master of Public Administration program. The Department of Government consists of accomplished faculty, several whom 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...

Criminal Justice

The Department of Government offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, an Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, a Minor in Criminal Justice, as well as a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. Our full-time and affiliate faculty members are accessible and eager to help you as you progress through this program. More Information. . . 

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New Sacred Heart Poll Examines Connecticut’s Top Issues

March 11, 2019

A new poll from Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy depicts wide concern about school safety, the high cost of living and housing in Connecticut and efforts to mitigate the state’s budget crisis by building electronic tolls. Most respondents also favor instituting higher taxes on electronic cigarettes, and many spoke of leaving the state in the next five years because of the high cost of living.

Congress to Campus

March 8, 2019

Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy and the Department of Government present Congress to Campus on Wednesday, March 27, with guest speakers and former Congressmen Gil Gutknecht, MN, and Robert Weygand, RI. This public event will take place at 2 p.m. in the Martire Theater (E-145), 5401 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Congress to Campus brings together former members of Congress and today’s youth to increase civic literacy and participation.

Two Former Congressmen Visiting Sacred Heart to Promote Service

February 22, 2019

Students at Sacred Heart University will have the opportunity to meet with two former congressmen March 26-28 through Congress to Campus, a program that aims to increase young people’s civic literacy and participation. Run by the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), in partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service, Congress to Campus sends a bipartisan pair of former Congress members to institutions of higher education for two-day visits. There, the former lawmakers conduct classes and interact with students, aiming to promote greater democratic participation.