History

Understanding the Past to Make a Better Future

Overview

Critical thinking, communication, writing, and researching are some of the most important skills companies look for in a new hire.

They are also precisely the skills you learn when you become a History major at St. Francis College.

History majors learn the skills most in demand by companies in a wide variety of fields.

Students at St. Francis venture outside the classroom to see History up close. They develop online projects and work with original archival materials

at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Looking back at the institutional and cultural forces that have shaped history is an excellent way of understanding the modern world and leads to the developing the following skills:

  • Framing a hypothesis
  • Gathering evidence
  • Looking for patterns and relationships
  • Exploring alternative methods and interpretations
  • Articulating arguments and conclusions clearly and persuasively

History majors go on to become excellent teachers and lawyers but they also do exceptionally well in fields as diverse as government, business or information technology.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Courses & Program Info

Mission

The major of Political Science investigates how individuals, groups and nations interact with others. Political Science analyzes how conflict is managed by the various parties. Political Science has many areas of inquiry including: American Government and Law, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Public Administration/Public Policy.

The Department offers both a Traditional and a Behavioral Approach. The Traditional School utilizes Legal, Historical, and philosophical tools to analyze and evaluate Political Institutions and processes. The Behavioral School employs the Scientific Method which includes, Problem Recognition, Hypotheses formation, gathering data and forming conclusions.

The Political Science major provides students with skills necessary for careers in Law, Government, Education, Business and the Not-For-Profit World. In addition, it provides students with the tools to make informed and logical decisions in both their professional careers and in their personal lives.

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Faculty

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Isa Camyar

Isa Camyar

Assistant Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Geoffrey Clement

Geoffrey Clement

Adjunct Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Sara Haviland

Sara Haviland

Assistant Professor
Women's Studies, Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies, American Studies
Timothy Houlihan

Timothy Houlihan

Provost, Associate Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Julio Huato

Julio Huato

Associate Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Edwin Mathieu

Edwin Mathieu

Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Eric Platt

Eric Platt

Department Chair
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies, American Studies
Marianne Sennick

Marianne Sennick

Professor Emeritus
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Fred Siegel

Fred Siegel

Visiting Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Frank Sorrentino

Frank Sorrentino

Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies

News & Events

News

St. Francis Celebrates Spring Graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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Post-Prison Students Talk About Importance of Education and Reform

Previously incarcerated students from St. Francis College's Post-Prison Program followed a May 1, 2017 screening of Rikers: An American Jail with a frank discussion on their experiences behind bars, at Rikers and other institutions, and their time now on the cusp of earning an undergraduate degree.

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Baseball as a Road to God with John Sexton

The rain washed out a night of New York Mets baseball April 25, but there was no stopping Dr. John Sexton from delivering his talk, Baseball as a Road to God, at a special St. Francis College presentation at Citi Field, hosted by Mets Owner Fred Wilpon.

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My Italian Secret: Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust

Two producers of My Italian Secret: Forgotten Heroes, Vincent Marmorale and Vincent Degiaimo '72, a graduate of St. Francis College, came to St. Francis April 24, 2017 to screen the film then talk about the movie and the heroism of the Italians who saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust.

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The Future of Liberalism

St. Francis College Scholar in Residence Frd Siegel hosed a spirited discussion on The Future of Liberalism with former state assemblyman Richard Brodsky, and political consultant Rich Helgason March 29, 2017.

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Goals & Objectives

  • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills for successful opportunities in the fields of Government, Law, Education, Business and the Not for Profit area.
  • Provide students with specific courses in American Government/Law, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Public Administration/Public Policy.
  • Offer Departmental majors and minors as well as other students on campus the opportunity to explore political and historical topic through lectures and forums and through our club activity.
  • Develop the skills of Critical Thinking, Analysis and Research.
  • Compliment course offerings with a full range of off-campus activities including: internships, independent study, field trips abroad and to museum and cultural visits.
  • To provide career guidance for all students and to provide specific Information for admissions to Law Schools, Graduate Schools of Political Science, Public Administration/Public Policy, International Relations and Education.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue