You’ll start your first year with an introductory sequence, Introduction to American Democracy/Political Science Research Methods, which spotlights the essential pillars of government—power, democracy, liberty, and equality. Then, depending on your interests, you’ll choose one of four tracks.
Choose concentrations in:
This is a good choice if you’re planning to study political science at the graduate level. The hallmark of this track is a focus on political theory, with lessons drawn from the works of pioneers like Plato and Habermas.
American Politics and Government
If you want to work for a public interest or civic group, political campaign, or think-tank, this is the track for you. You’ll receive an immersive education in government’s inner workings, how the various branches function, and how laws get made. You’re strongly urged to spend a semester in Washington, DC, to see the political process up close. Suffolk has key contacts in various political organizations to help you find the right internship.
Politics, Law, and the Courts
This track is designed for students considering a legal career. You’ll study constitutional law, civil liberties, and the court system. Since Suffolk also has a top-ranked law school, you’ll benefit from an excellent prelaw academic advising program.
Suffolk alumni are game-changers in the international arena. You’ll learn foreign policy, international trade, and comparative political systems from top authorities in the field. The department will also help facilitate study abroad experiences. This is an excellent choice if you’re interested in pursuing international law, economics, and human rights work.
Applied Legal Studies
The Government Department offers a program in Applied Legal Studies for students seeking positions in law offices, government agencies, corporations, or other careers working with the law. Flexible options include:
- Bachelor's Degree in Applied Legal Studies
- Associate's Degree in Applied Legal Studies
- Certificate in Paralegal Studies
Learn which Applied Legal Studies/Paralegal program is right for you.
Other Options for Government Students
Many of our students choose a minor in Applied Legal Studies, or in these interdisciplinary programs:
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, runs trips 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 honor society.