Public Administration & Public Service, Bachelor of Arts
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’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:
- 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
- Public Administration, with an emphasis on human resources management and comparative politics.
St. John’s University is widely known for the success of its alumni. Forbes.com 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.”
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.