Courses offered within the Department of Government and Politics are designed to provide students with the analytical skills necessary to evaluate political issues and to function effectively in a political environment.
The Department's specific objectives include preparing students for careers in the civil or foreign service, for positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sectors, for careers in the field of education, or for further study as graduate or law students.
The Department's undergraduate curriculum meets these objectives, offering a variety of courses divided into four subfields: American Government, with an emphasis on political institutions and public law; International Relations and Comparative Politics, with an emphasis on area studies; Political Theory, with offerings in classical, modern, and contemporary thought; and Public Administration and Public Service. The curriculum includes research methods and quantitative analysis courses. In addition, undergraduate senior seminars (required of all our majors) involve students in semester-long research projects.
For all students, except Government and Politics majors, the minor in Law and Government requires the successful completion of 21 credits including:
GOV 1010, GOV 1030
Electives (five chosen):
GOV 2400, GOV 2490, GOV 2500, GOV 2580, GOV 2600, GOV 3450, GOV 3460, GOV 3570, GOV 3620, HIS 3725, PHI 3420, PHI 3650, RCT 2020, RCT 3180, SOC 2360
For Government and Politics majors, see the chair for advisement.
Only academic programs approved by NYSED are eligible for federal and state aid: NYS Inventory of Registered Programs http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html. Minors are not recognized by NYSED therefore associated courses are only eligible for federal or state aid consideration when required by a major or when also used to satisfy a core or general elective requirement.
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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 from St. John’s University.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Government and Politics at St. John’s combines rigorous academic study with the opportunity to develop valuable practical skills that are highly attractive to a wide array of employers across the public and private sectors.
In conjunction with the School of Law, The Department of Government and Politics offers a dual M.A./J.D. program.
The Department of Government and Politics offers you the opportunity to complete a Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy.
This minor specializes in global culture and international socio-economic and political developments.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (P.P.E.) at St. John’s University is a thoroughly interdisciplinary graduate program that incorporates courses from all three fields of inquiry.
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 Academic Service-Learning and internships that foster public service and commitment to serve local, national and international community.
The Department of Government and Politics offers students the opportunity to complete a Certificate in Public Administration.
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