Politics

The Department of Politics offers a vibrant and balanced program that prepares students for careers and leadership positions in local, national and international affairs, law, business, politics, non-profit organizations, consulting, and other fields, as well as excellent preparation for many different graduate and professional degree programs. The curriculum introduces students to the major subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory, while also offering valuable avenues for professional development, including internships, service learning, research methods, and field experience.

The politics curriculum offers students the option of grouping their electives thematically, including courses focused on law and justice, power and political action, and globalization and inequality. Students choose electives in each sub-field in any combination within or across these themes. Students complete their major with a culminating seminar that prepares them for professional writing, research, analysis, and presentation. During this seminar, students work closely with a faculty member in their area of expertise.

Through its internship director, the Politics Department works with students to identify and prepare for internships in local and state government, non-governmental organizations, political campaigns, business, law firms, and other locations. Special opportunities are also available with Congress, federal agencies, and international organizations via the Washington Internship Semester (POLI 3982), in Hartford with the Connecticut State Legislature (POLI 3981), and with organizations and businesses in locations around the world through Fairfield's study abroad programs.

Politics professors are also closely involved with the American Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Irish Studies, Humanitarian Action, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and other interdisciplinary programs. Many Politics courses count toward majors or minors in these programs. The programs that Politics courses contribute to are included in their course descriptions.