Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

  • Overview

    Political science is as old as the Athenians and as current as today's newspapers, yet its study, especially in a democracy such as ours, serves to inform those who will be taking over positions of power and responsibility in the very near future.

    Saint Joseph’s political science students will understand the basic principles of political science, with a special focus on the four main divisions in political theory: American government, international studies, comparative politics, and public administration. Upon completion of the requirements of this major, students will be better prepared for continued study at the graduate level in political studies, law, or several of the related areas well served by this academic foundation.

    At a Glance

    • Emphasizes the development of skills in communication, research, and analysis.
    • Dynamic, dedicated faculty experts with a wide variety of backgrounds.
    • One-on-one faculty mentoring.
    • Well-connected network of alumni in local and federal government.
    • Leadership opportunities within the Political Science Club.
    • Established Washington Center internship program; students accepted to the program live and intern in Washington, D.C. for a semester.
  • Curriculum

    Political science courses cover topics in American government and politics, international relations, globalization, business law, cross-cultural management, research methods, and more. For further specialization, political science major may choose one of four areas of concentration in history, international, statistics, and law.

    A minor in political science is available and requires students to take 20 credit hours.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Jonathan H. Malmude

      Assistant Professor of History and Political Science

      PhD, Tufts University
      MA, Hunter College of CUNY
      BA, Queens College of CUNY

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    • Mark Hibben

      Assistant Professor of Political Science

      PhD, Syracuse University
      MA, Syracuse University
      MA, University of Birmingham, U.K.
      BS, University of Maine

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    Jonathan H. Malmude

    Assistant Professor of History and Political Science

    PhD, Tufts University
    MA, Hunter College of CUNY
    BA, Queens College of CUNY

    Learn more about Jonathan

    Mark Hibben

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    PhD, Syracuse University
    MA, Syracuse University
    MA, University of Birmingham, U.K.
    BS, University of Maine

    Learn more about Mark

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  • Student Stories
    • Sara Poirier '15

      President of the Political Science Club

      “We don’t talk politics. In the Political Science Club we’ll bring up politics, but we’re mostly focused on putting on events and marketing it as an asset of the College. I want it to be about political science, policy, and government—not party politics.” 

    • Ashley Walukevich '12

      Grassroots efforts. Volunteer organization. Outreach. Those are some of the key skills Ashley Walukevich ’12 employs in her work for Senator Susan Collins, all of which started back when she was a freshman political science major at Saint Joseph’s. And she’s far from stopping now.

    • Chiara Ferrante '10

      In her senior year, Chiara, a history major minoring in political science, interned in U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ office in Portland. After that, she joined the primary campaign for gubernatorial candidate, and through campaign contacts, landed a job in the Senator’s office.

  • Career Moves
    Political science studies provide the necessary background for careers in teaching, research, public administration, the non-profit sector, journalism, law, international service, affairs or business, government or elective office, and public service.