Tapping Into the Power of Politics
From Rwanda to Washington, D.C., the professional successes of our political science & international studies majors ripple around the planet.Learn More
New Partnership Gives Stonehill Students a Head Start on Capitol Hill
A new partnership between Stonehill and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. is allowing students seeking careers on Capitol Hill to gain practical experience while working toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.Learn More
Student Returns From Semester At White House
Last semester, senior Jennifer Taranto had the experience of a lifetime serving as a White House Intern. Back on campus for the first time since her sophomore year, we caught up with her recently.Read More
New Program Prepares the Next Generation of Peacemakers and Global Criminologists
Stonehill College is partnering with organizations in Serbia and Armenia to change the way students learn about peacebuilding, diplomacy and global crime, providing continuity between theory and practice.
The Life-Changing Encounters of a Semester in Washington
Find out how the Stonehill in Washington Program ignites passions in students like Anthony Elias ’15, whether it’s in politics and history or art and nature.
“I have been fortunate to not only enrich my own understanding of government and law, but also work with talented staff and officials on critical issues and policy that will hopefully help the lives of people throughout the Commonwealth.”
Duarte Earns 2015 Robert E. Reardon Award
Andrea Duarte ’15, a foreign languages and political science double major from Taunton, Massachusetts, has earned the 2015 Robert E. Reardon Award as a top graduating student in the Political Science & International Studies Department.
Samantha Smith ’14 named Political Science Student of the Year
At the recent Scholars Celebration at Stonehill College, Samantha Smith ’14 of Whitman, Mass., received the Robert E. Reardon Award in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement in the Political Science Program.
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 weeklong 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 pre-requisite courses such as 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.
There are three concentrations available to students pursuing the Political Science & International Studies major:
- Government and Politics
- Public Administration & Public Policy
- International Relations
The Political Science & International Studies Minor
The department also offers a Political Science & International Studies minor. See minor requirements.
The Public Administration & Public Policy Minor
At Stonehill, Public Administration & Public Policy is an interdisciplinary 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 Administration & Public Policy minor provides a foundation for graduate work and careers in public affairs, government service, law and related fields.
Stonehill allows students of all majors to live and work in the nation's capital for an entire semester through the Stonehill in Washington program. This 15-credit program is open to all majors and all Stonehill tuition and financial aid apply. Learn more.
The LION (Learning Inside Out Network) program is an intensive international internship and research opportunity for students interested in the theory and practice of global security. The program builds on courses in security studies, conflict analysis and resolution, global crime, international criminal justice, human security, and international development through a semester-long international internship experience with an NGO, think tank or media organization in Armenia or Serbia. Learn more.