The Department of Political Science introduces students to the intellectual content and research methods of political inquiry. Political internships and fieldwork placements provide opportunities for professional development and networking. Those who seek a bachelor of arts in political science have highly diverse goals and are thus allowed flexibility in designing a program. The Department offers a major program in political science (HEGIS 2207), including a public policy concentration, and a major program in international studies, each leading to a BA degree. The department also offers minors in public policy, public administration, international studies, media, politics, and society, pre-law, and political science.
Chair: R. Lacey; Professors: R. Lacey, J. Zaino; Associate Professors: J. Leon, T. Mulligan; Assistant Professor: M. Hagerty; Advisor for International Studies: T. Mulligan; Coordinator of Pre-Law: J. Leon.
A major aim of the study of politics is to prepare students for constructive participation as citizens in local, state, national and international settings. In addition to developing skills of active citizenship, the study of government prepares students for diverse careers in civil service, public management, law, public advocacy, political research, and teaching at the childhood and adolescence levels. The study of political values, and the great political theorists on justice, mediating political disputes, diversity among nations, political cultures, and nationalities reinforces the departmental mission of developing skills of citizenship and public leadership in an era of globalization.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsNon-Degree