Government

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:48 months
Foreign:$ 16.3k / 1 Semester(s) Deadline: Feb 15, 2022
StudyQA ranking:2872

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Description

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:

  • American Politics

    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.

  • International Relations

    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.

  • Political Theory

    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.

  • Combined Concentration

    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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February 15, 2015 Tuition fee
  • USD 16265 Semester (National)

Full-time: 12-17 credits per semester $16,265

Start date 2016 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

All Government majors in all concentrations must complete the following 5 core courses (17 credits).

Foundation Major Requirements (5 courses, 17 credits)

  • GVT-110 Introduction to American Democracy

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introduction to the American political system and constitutional framework. Focus will be on the interplay of various institutions (the Presidency, Congress and the Judiciary) in creating public policies. Contemporary public issues will be discussed, as will the role of political theory in shaping American democracy. Attention will be given to the role of the news media, public opinion, political ideology, political parties and interest groups in the American system.

    Type:

    Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • GVT-115 Evolution of the Global System

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the main actors, social facts and processes that shaped the international system in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By analyzing the spread of industrialization, the race for colonies, the thrust of imperialism, and the rapid growth of nationalism, among other factors, this course explains the contradictory and simultaneous trends of unprecedented levels of prosperity and violence in Europe and beyond. While the course examines the role of the United States in the international system, particularly in light of its dominant role since the early twentieth century, it also emphasizes the developments taking place in other regions such as Asia, Africa and Latin America. This will allow students to understand the global arena as a space of complex interconnections involving varieties of forms of production, national political cultures and idiosyncratic traditions. This course sets the foundations for other courses in International Relations and Regional Studies

  • GVT-120 Research Methods

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Building on the skills learned in GVT 110, students will be introduced to the subfields of political science and learn to analyze political writings. Focus will be on the use of the scientific method for research on politics and government. Students will learn the steps in writing a research paper, including developing the research question and selecting a research design. Attention will be given to the use of statistical analysis and public opinion polling in political research.

    Type:

    Social Science

  • GVT-201 Statistics for Political Science

    Prerequisites:

    Sophomore Standing GVT 110 and 120 and Math 128 or higher.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is an introduction to statistics and empirical research methods generally used in political science. The course will emphasize the use of statistics and its value in substantive political science research. Statistics is a tool for drawing conclusions and making inferences from observable evidence. As well, the specification of conditions under which evidence is observed affects the conclusions and arguments that political scientists draw about how social and political processes work. The purpose of this course is to equip students with tools to interpret and conduct original data analysis, critique and make an argument based on data, and provide a view into the process of political science research and how political scientists use statistical methods and research design to answer substantive questions about politics. Since most applied data analysis utilizes data management software, students will learn how to use SPSS as a tool for conducting data analysis. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing, GVT 110 and 120 and Math 130 or instructor's consent. 1 term - 4 credits.

    Type:

    Quantitative Reasoning

  • GVT-515 Senior Seminar
American Politics Concentration - BA or BS in American Politics

This concentration provides a broad overview of the American political process. The concentration offers a strong undergraduate preparation for entry into advanced degree programs, professional careers in public policy, public service, private institutions and political organizations in the United States.

Law and Public Policy Concentration - BA or BS in 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 the law, public policy and professional careers in public policy, public service, private institutions, and political organizations. Prelaw advising is regularly available for government majors in any concentration who plan to apply to law school.

Concentration in International Relations – BA in International Relations

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.

Political Theory Concentration – BA or BS in Political Theory

The Political Theory concentration offers students an understanding of the principles, concepts, norms, and assumptions that inform public policy. The concentration asks students to 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.

Requirements

We do not use specific minimums for scores or grades in the decision process, but weigh all factors together to gain a whole view of you and your potential for success as a Suffolk University student:

  • Level and range of high school courses selected
  • Grades achieved (official high school transcript with senior year grades)
  • SAT or ACT scores (our code is 3771)
  • Recommendations (two required; one from a guidance counselor, one from a teacher)
  • The essay
  • Other required forms
  • Admission interview (optional)
  • Transfer students should view the transfer requirements page for more details.

In high school, you should have completed:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry)
  • Two units of science (at least one with a lab)
  • Two units of language
  • One unit of American history
  • Four units distributed among other college preparatory electives

We may also consider other factors in the review process, such as:

  • Class rank
  • Honors courses
  • AP courses

We are also very interested in personal qualities that will offer us further insights into you as an applicant, including:

  • Admission interview
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Community service
  • Special interests

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Suffolk University.

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