Political Science & International Studies Major & Minor
The Political Science & International Studies program offers students a broadly based core curriculum that allows students to acquire knowledge of the principles and practices of political life, democratic citizenship and political activity.
The Political Science & International Studies Department offers a major with concentrations in Government & Politics, International Relations or Public Policy. Minors in Political Science & International Studies and Public Policy are also offered.
In our Political Science & International Studies program, a tremendous amount of attention is also given to building relationships. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Hill to Hill networking program, which includes networking opportunities on Beacon Hill and a week-long excursion to Capitol Hill, where current students meet with Stonehill alums and others to network.
The Political Science & International Studies Major
The Political Science & International Studies major starts with the prerequisite course American Government and Politics, which offers an introduction to the institutions and participants in American politics and explores the development of institutions and ideas from the founding era along with the impact of citizens and groups on political behavior.
As Stonehill College students progress through the program, they will dig deeper into topics such as American government, political theory and international relations.
Political Science & International Studies Concentrations
There are three concentrations available to students pursuing the Political Science & International Studies major:
At Stonehill, Public Policy is an interdisciplinary concentration as well as a minor designed to provide students with an understanding of the development and implementation of public policy in America. The program focuses on the theories, practices and roles of public bureaucracies at the national, state and local levels. The program is structured to cover five subject matter areas:
- The political, social and economic environment of public organizations
- Policy analysis
- Processes of management
- Tools of analysis
- Individual, group and organizational behavior.
The Public Policy minor provides a foundation for graduate work and careers in public affairs, government service, law and related fields.
By the Numbers
Political Science & International Studies Graduate Outcomes
Our alumni graduate from top law schools, pursue scholarly careers as Ph.D’s, work on Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill and on state and national political campaigns, teach in Massachusetts and around the nation and travel the world to experience new cultures. Continue exploring where our graduates work.