Studying history helps students become informed citizens

History

Understanding the Past to Make a Better Future

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.

Courses & Program Info

About the Department

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.

  • 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.

Faculty

Olivia Bullio Mattos

Olivia Bullio Mattos

Assistant Professor of Economics
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Isa Camyar

Isa Camyar

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

Geoffrey Clement

Adjunct Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Timothy Houlihan

Timothy Houlihan

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

Julio Huato

Associate Professor
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies
Eric Platt

Eric Platt

Department Chairperson
Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies, American Studies
Sara Rzeszutek

Sara Rzeszutek

Associate Professor, Director, Women's and Gender Studies Minor, Director, The Center for Women's & Gender Studies
Women's Studies, Economics, History. Political Science & Social Studies, American Studies
Marianne Sennick

Marianne Sennick

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

Fred Siegel

Scholar-in-Residence
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 College Selects Dana DiRenzo and Arianna Sartzetakis as Valedictorians for Spring 2019 Graduation; Amal Hawari Named Commencement Ceremony Welcome Speaker

Dana DiRenzo (BS/MS, Accounting) and Arianna Sartzetaki (BA in Political Science and Economics) are this Spring's co-valedictorians. Amal Hawari (BA, Communication Arts) will deliver the Spring commencement ceremony's welcome address.

Read more about St. Francis College Selects Dana DiRenzo and Arianna Sartzetakis as Valedictorians for Spring 2019 Graduation; Amal Hawari Named Commencement Ceremony Welcome Speaker
NYU's Dr. John Sexton to Address St. Francis College as Keynote Speaker at this Year's Charter Day Convocation

John Sexton, Ph.D., President Emeritus of New York University, will address the St. Francis College community on April 26th, as keynote speaker at the Charter Day convocation, the college's annual ceremony to present students, faculty, staff and community partners with awards and scholarships reflecting their achievements over the past year.

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