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Gary L. Rose, Ph.D.
Academic Center, HC 212

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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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Professors Debate Whether Religion Should Be in Public Forums

October 19, 2018

Does religion have a place in public forums? Sacred Heart University professors Gary Rose and Michael W. Higgins went head-to-head in a debate on this topic recently at the WSHU Broadcast Center, before a crowd of students, faculty and staff. Brian Stiltner, theology professor, moderated the debate, which SHU’s Department of Catholic studies, the Human Journey Colloquia Series and WSHU hosted. The two scholars explained their views while answering Stiltner’s and the audience’s questions.

Legislators Consider Faith, Politics in Catholic Conversation

October 10, 2018

State Rep. Cristin McCarthy-Vahey (D-133) tossed a ball of yarn into the crowd gathered in late September for “Faith and the Public Life: How, When and Where Do You Draw the Line Between Church and State?” Soon the yarn snaked through the group of students and local residents sitting in Sacred Heart University’s UC Auditorium. “What I do… Can you feel that?” she said, giving the yarn a gentle tug. “It’s impacting you.”

Sean Spicer to Discuss Career, White House

October 1, 2018

*This event has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.* Sean Spicer will be the next speaker in Sacred Heart University’s Distinguished Leaders Series. The event will take place Wednesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. in SHU’s Martire atrium. The public is invited and copies of Spicer’s book, The Briefing, will be available for sale. Spicer will sign purchased copies following his talk.