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:
- International Studies
- International Studies with Junior Year Abroad (group major)
- Political Science
- Pre-law – program designed to help students prepare for law school. Pre-law is not a major or a minor.
Clubs and Activities
Resources and Downloads
- “Ford v. Wainwright”
- Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
- Rhetoric, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1956
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.
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.