You will start your first year with an introductory sequence including Introduction to American Politics, Evolution of the Global System, and Research Methods. These courses form a solid foundation in your understanding of domestic politics and international politics, and provide you with essential analytical skills. Then, depending on your interests, you can select among four areas of concentration:
This concentration provides a broad overview of the American political process. The concentration offers a strong undergraduate preparation for entry into advanced degree programs and professional careers in public policy, public service, private institutions, and political organizations in the United States.
Law and Public Policy
The Law and Public Policy concentration offers students a framework for understanding the legal underpinnings of public policy and the opportunity to study and critically analyze state, federal, and international legal issues and the institutions in which legal decisions are made. The concentration offers a strong undergraduate preparation for entry into advanced degree programs in law and public policy, as well as professional careers in public policy, public service, private institutions, and political organizations. Pre-law advising is regularly available for government majors in any concentration who plan to apply to law school.
The purpose of this concentration is to give students the preparation and tools necessary to pursue careers in international affairs, including the public sector, private companies, and independent sector organizations that operate in the international environment. It is also suitable for students planning graduate study in political science, law, or diplomacy. Students with a concentration in International Relations must earn the BA.
The Political Theory concentration offers students an understanding of the principles, concepts, norms, and assumptions that inform public policy. Students consider the meaning of justice and the nature and source of legitimate authority. The concentration offers a strong undergraduate preparation for entry into advanced degree programs, public service, private institutions, and political organizations.
Students may combine concentrations within the government major. This allows for a broader overview of topics studied. Please choose two of the concentrations listed.
Campus Initiatives With Global Impact
Government students at Suffolk are passionate inside the classroom—and outside, too. Extracurricular activities will be crucial to your academic development. In 2006, the department founded the University Pollworkers Project, a groundbreaking partnership between Mass VOTE and local schools. Suffolk students help nearby colleges and high schools recruit students to serve as poll workers and educate them about their role in the electoral process. Suffolk is also home to the United Nations Studies Project (UNSP), in conjunction with our law school and WorldBoston, a Boston nonprofit that hosts programs to foster international cooperation. UNSP hosts public, student-friendly discussions with top leaders, introduces students to a vast network of international scholars, coordinates visits to the United Nations in New York, and conducts research pertaining to the U.N. Suffolk is also home to a branch of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.
Other Options for Government Students
The Government Department offers a program in Applied Legal Studies for students seeking positions as paralegals in law offices, government agencies, corporations, or other careers working with the law. Many of our students choose a minor in Applied Legal Studies, or in these interdisciplinary programs: