Public Administration & Public Service, Bachelor of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The Department of Government and Politics prepares students for lifelong learning as outlined in the mission of the University Strategic Plan.   Government and Politics students acquire critical thinking and analytical writing skills, and ethical understanding of diverse political issues. Students practice their skill in Service Learning and Internships that foster public service and commitment to serve local, national and international community. The Department’s course offerings reflect these important goals as the undergraduate curriculum offers a wide variety of courses divided into  the political science discipline’s four main subfields: (a) American Government, with an emphasis on political institutions and public law; (b) International Relations and Comparative Politics, with an emphasis on area studies; (c) Political Theory, with offerings in classical, modern, and contemporary thought; and (d) Public Administration, with an emphasis on human resources management and comparative politics.

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Undergraduate Admission Contacts
Office of Admission
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
1 (888) 9STJOHNS

Staten Island
Office of Admission
St. John’s University
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

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Career Outcomes

St. John’s University is widely known for the success of its alumni. lists the University among its top 15 institutions in terms of graduates’ earning power. And a recent survey by The Wall Street Journal ranks St. John’s among 100 Top colleges and universities that are “most likely to help students land a job in key careers . . . that are growing, pay well and offer high levels of job satisfaction.”

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Global Approach to Education

International Relations Program
In RomeThe Department of Government and Politics offers students the opportunity to complete the M.A. degree with a focus on international relations at the University's Graduate Center in Rome. The program in Rome requires a minimum of 33 semester hours in course work, including GOV 205. International courses may be selected from the following categories: comparative politics, international law and diplomacy, international political economy, international relations, and research methods and political theory. Students may complete the International Law and Diplomacy Certificate program along with, or in lieu of, their degree.


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Additional Information

Financial Aid Opportunities
In addition to the graduate assistantships provided to the department by the University, students currently employed by local, municipal, state, or federal agencies on the management level, are encouraged to apply for the Special Graduate Scholarship Program. To be eligible, applicants must be accepted to the M.A. program in Government and Politics as matriculated students and remain in the employment of the public sector for the duration of the scholarship. For further information, students may consult the Chair.

The Alumni Council
In order to maintain a continuing relationship with the department, B.A., M.A. graduates and certificate recipients have created an organization geared to servicing students and alumni. The Council, operating under an Executive Committee, is divided into four groups reflecting the career choice of the department's graduates: education, legal studies, public service and the private sector. The Council provides student and alumni services, including career guidance, internship opportunities, networking and job placement.

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Success Story

Pedro Alfonso ’15C
Pedro Alfonso ’15C adapts easily to new places. In fact, when the Los Angeles, CA, native learned he was accepted to St. John’s University, his mother bought him a plane ticket to New York to see if he could handle a weekend in the city alone.