• Political Science Prof. Peter Watkins at a student picnic

Political Science Department

SJC’s Department of Political Science commits to creating successful undergraduates and preparing students to pursue further education. After earning their degree and taking advantage of the opportunities the department has to offer, such as studying abroad and interning in Washington, DC. Many Department of Political Science students attend law school. Recently, students have attended law schools such as Notre Dame, Indiana University, William and Mary, Washington University, Saint Louis University, and New York University. Recent graduates get accepted into such graduate programs at the University of Chicago, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Mississippi. Our students’ reoccurring success speaks for the strength of the Department of Political Science.

The Department of Political Science includes the following programs and majors:

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads


Opportunities for Hands-on Experience


In order to ensure that our students gain practical, hands-on experience, the Department of Political Science encourages students to pursue internships. SJC students have held internships at the Washington Center in Washington, DC, which is an excellent opportunity for policy-oriented students seeking hands-on experience in our nation’s capital.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of during college, especially at SJC. Because we are a NAFSA: Association of International Educators member and willing to work with other colleges, Department of Political Science students have recently studied in Australia, Northern Ireland, England, Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, Spain, and Mexico. Thanks to grants provided by the Irvine and Rotary Foundations, the Director of International Studies has also taken students to Guadalajara, Mexico and Managua, Nicaragua to serve as research assistants.

Work with Faculty

Department of Political Science students also gain hands-on experience by working with our faculty. Many faculty members undertake research with their students. Recently, this research has led to the publication of a death penalty case abstract, a conference presentation, and the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.


“Saint Joseph's College and Rensselaer Central High School Find Success with a Dual Credit Course”: SJC offers POL 101: American Politics to high school seniors

Department Majors and Minors


Over recent years, students have accompanied faculty to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Cali., and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill.

Explore the Core
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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.