Political Science

Are You Tomorrow's Leader?

Overview

The Rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has brought politics front and center to to millions of Americans. But do you understand the meaning behind their message?

The study of Political Science will help you decode what candidates are saying and teach you what it means to be a strong leader.

At St. Francis College, Poli Sci majors can focus on international relations, comparative politics, and American government. You will also learn about the development and function of governments, and the behavior of rulers throughout history.

Learn critical thinking skills in:

  • Logic
  • Writing
  • Analysis

These are tools that Political Science majors use to succeed in law, politics, advocacy, and public relations. You will also have a solid foundation for a career in public policy and in local, state, and national government.

Our students intern at:

  • Law firms
  • City, State, and U.S. Courts
  • with Government officials from New York City, New York State, and the U.S Congress
  • non-governmental organizations at the United Nations

Other opportunities include internships with some of the numerous museums and historical societies in New York City; a summer study abroad program; participation in the Model United Nations; and activities through the St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society such as mock trial, lawyers’ luncheon, LSAT preparation, and workshop on applying to law schools.

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.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Faculty

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
Arnold Sparr

Arnold Sparr

Adjunct Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Behrouz Tabrizi

Behrouz Tabrizi

Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Kareen Williams

Kareen Williams

Adjunct 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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Upcoming Events

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, PublicAdministration/Public Policy, International Relations and Education.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue