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Politics and Government Department

The Department of Politics and Government at the University of Hartford offers an undergraduate major or minor.  Politics and Government is the study of policy, government, and law. Its object is to better understand the processes by which power, authority, influence, control, freedom, wealth, and other political resources are competitively pursued, captured, and distributed.

Political scientists ask not only “what is” but also “what ought to be.” Combining considerations of fact and values, the study of politics and government is valuable for citizenship and in employment. The Department of Politics and Government makes its graduates intellectually and ethically aware and encourages them to assume responsibility for the manner in which they are governed and spend their lives. Politics and Government strives to enable its students to make sense out of the relations that mark humans as individuals and as components of larger units.

Students who focus on Politics and Government gain breadth and depth in five subfields: American government, comparative politics and government, international relations, political theory, and public law.

Students majoring or minoring in Politics and Government have an opportunity for small classes, individualized instruction and personalized advising. Many students study off campus, either abroad, in Washington semester, and/or in internships.