Political Science & International Studies Department

The Political Science & International Studies Department offers students a broadly based core curriculum through which knowledge of the principles and practices of political life, democratic citizenship and political activity are acquired.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Policy
  • International Relations

The Political Science & International Studies Minor

The department also offers a Political Science & International Studies minor. 

The 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.

Study In Washington

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.

LION PROGRAM: An International Experience in Global Development and Security Studies

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.

“What I really appreciate about the Political Science and International Studies program is that it provides ample opportunities for students to get experience within their major.
Students can intern in Washington, D.C., for one semester and study abroad in Latin America the next, and for me this flexibility really helped me realize what I want to do with my life after graduation.”
 Saleah Loomis ’13

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