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 five specialized pathways:
- Law & Social Justice
- Global Security
- Power & Persuasion
- Politics around the World
- Public Policy & Public Service
Each pathway is built around connections between theory and practice and draw upon academically rigorous courses and closely mentored domestic or international internships. The department’s professors work closely with our students to ensure their choice fits their interests and aspirations.
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.
Minors in Political Science & International Studies and Public Policy are also offered.
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.
Students select from among five pathways: Law & Social Justice, Global Security, Power & Persuasion, Politics around the World, and Public Policy & Public Service.
Political Science & International Studies Minors
The minor in Political Science & International Studies requires the completion of six courses.
At Stonehill, 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 Policy minor provides a foundation for graduate work and careers in public affairs, government service, law and related fields.
The Martin Institute for Law & Society
Stonehill’s Martin Institute seeks to prepare the students for leadership positions as active citizens in service to an improved human community. It is committed to a curriculum and co-curriculum that bridges theory and practice, inviting student curiosity in and engagement with the pressing issues of the day.
Martin Institute resources include:
Sample Political Science & International Studies Courses
Dirty Hands: Moral Dilemmas
Global Wealth, Power and Poverty
Conflict Analysis and Resolution
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.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Stonehill In Washington
Learning Inside Out Network (LION)
Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience
Senior Honors Thesis
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Internships & Opportunities
All Political Science & International Studies students must complete an internship during their course of study
Why Political Science?
Learn more about your career options with a Political Science & International Studies degree from Stonehill.
Our alumni graduate from top law schools, pursue myriad careers, teach and travel the world to experience new cultures.