Jul 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalogue 
2023-2024 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Chairperson: Jennifer Lucas

Professors: Peter Josephson, Erik Cleven, Christopher J. Galdieri, Dale Kuehne, Jennifer Lucas; Associate Professors: Christine A. Gustafson; Assistant Professor: Anne Holthoefer; Lecturers: , Brother Isaac S. Murphy, O.S.B.

Aristotle tells us that the science of politics is “the master science in the realm of action” because politics both makes use of and gives direction to other studies. As Aristotle explains, the student of politics is in the special position of examining both universal ideals of justice and particular applications of those ideals in combining theory and practice. We learn about politics by studying the world and reflecting on what we have observed. We examine political systems, institutions, and processes; modes of citizen participation and public policy; and international regimes, cultures, and values. This study requires empirical training and statistical literacy as well as concern for the enduring questions of liberty, power, and justice. In the process, we seek to develop students’ critical thinking, research, and organizational skills as well as their ability to articulate precisely, both in written and oral form, the ideas necessary for thoughtful contributions to public life. In the end, the study of politics involves the study of human nature as that nature is developed and expressed in particular political settings - local, national, or international. While our students examine citizenship in the United States and many countries around the world we also wonder about the limits of politics. Following Aristotle, our courses therefore also emphasize that the study of political actors in the pursuit of the public good - the life of action - should ultimately point beyond itself toward contemplation of the Divine.

Three Majors in the Department of Politics

Students in the Department of Politics may choose one of three majors we offer: Politics, International Relations, or Environmental Studies. Students of Politics complete studies in each of the four fields within the discipline (American government, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory). The International Relations major offers students an interdisciplinary course of study including international political and economic relations, modern history, and advanced language skills.  The Environmental Studies major offers a diverse set of courses that combines the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. In the senior year, students from all three majors are required to produce a significant piece of original scholarship in a particular area of the student’s choosing. A description of each major, and list of required courses, can be found below.

New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP)

In conjunction with the academic programs of study offered by the Department of Politics, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and access to some of the leading political figures of our time. 

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College was established in 1999 to serve as a resource for students, scholars, politicians and the general public. Founded on the premise that an educated citizenship is vital for a healthy democracy, the Institute conducts programs and research that are designed to enlighten and encourage people for a lifetime of civic participation. The Institute has no alliances, formal or informal, with any political party, organization or agenda. It seeks to develop programming, and to foster scholarship and dialogue, encompassing a diverse range of political topics, opinions and issues. It also seeks to foster undergraduate research in politics and international relations.

Six Minors in the Department of Politics

The Department offers six minor programs of study.  These include Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Campaign Management, Environmental Studies and Public Policy Studies.

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