Government and Politics, Bachelor of Arts

126 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


Whether you want to become a lawyer, a political correspondent, educator or civic leader, there’s no limit to what you can do with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics degree from St. John’s University.

Earning your Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics at St. John’s will prepare you for these opportunities. Offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 126-credit program provides students with the analytical skills necessary to evaluate political issues and function effectively in political environments. Students also gain the writing and communications skills needed for success in any field.

Students majoring in government and politics are adept at navigating the political landscape and posses extensive knowledge in the various areas of government, through courses in:

  • American Government
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Public Administration and Public Service

Contact Information
Diane J. Heith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

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Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year, Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John’s.

For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus


Admission Office -  Staten Island campus

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Career Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for graduates with backgrounds in government and politics are expected to grow at a rapid rate, with an overall 21 percent increase in job opportunities by the year 2018.

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Global Approach to Education

All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. 

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Additional Information

Students majoring in Government and Politics at St. John's gain a solid foundation in political theory and its application in our society. Students also acquire an in-depth understanding of the role that history and social demographics play in shaping today's political processes.

Guiding and mentoring students are St. John's enormously gifted, internationally known faculty of scholar-teachers who care about each student's progress.

Students develop a strong academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs and honor societies of particular interest to Government and Politics majors include these:

  • Government and Politics Society
  • Economics and Finance Society
  • Alpha Zappa Delta: International sociology honor society
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon:  International honor society for economics

The Skull and Circle Honor Society and the Pi Sigma Alpa -- Government and Politics Honor Society annually select students from St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who combine scholarship, integrity and dedicated service to the St. John's community.

Every student at St. John's benefits from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources. For example, all new students receive their own wireless laptop computer with full access to the University's award-winning network.

Other facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café and a full-service food court.

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Success Story

Professor of Government and Politics
Gangi believes the mission of the University falls right in line with his mission in life.