Political scientists seek answers to questions about policy, governance and power. How is power acquired, lost or maintained? What do the limits of exerting power make possible or impossible? Answering these questions within a specific setting allows us to better understand why communities make the decisions they do today and how to make those communities better for those who will inherit them tomorrow.
In Political Science, answers to these questions are sought through the study of four main subfields: American politics, comparative politics (the institutions and political struggles of countries other than the U.S.), international relations (interactions between countries, international organizations and transnational actors) and political philosophy.
The study of Political Science at St. Gregory’s focuses on the power struggles that created the governing institutions we know today, as well as the contemporary exchanges between individuals inside those institutions. Special emphasis is placed on the interactions between citizens and governments. Political science majors are encouraged to pursue academic interests, seek out internships and ultimately, launch professional careers that will positively affect social change in ways that reflect our department's commitment to Catholic social teaching and core Benedictine values.
Attorney, Journalist, Activist, Advocate/Organizer, Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, Lobbyist, Public Service
• Branches of Government
• International Relations
• Comparative World Politics
• Social and Political Philosophy
At St. Gregory’s, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in one-on-one study and research opportunities with faculty that focus on topics that interest you. Internships are also available.
The Mission of the Department of Social Sciences is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for productive personal reflection, insight, spiritual growth and health and for the development of strong, supportive, healthy relationships among people at home, at work, in schools and in communities around the world.
At St. Gregory’s University, we study Political Science in the context of the whole person, including this discipline's intersection with Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Ethics.