GOVERNMENT & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

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Overview

By studying our government, public service and international culture, you’ll expand your awareness and understanding of political systems around the world. Majoring in Government and International Studies will build a strong foundation for a career in politics, public affairs, government, homeland security or the nonprofit sector.

CONCENTRATIONS:

Global Civil Society and Human Rights


What you’ll study: foreign policy, political ideology and theories, and a variety of cultures and religions.

What you can do: Become a corporate global human rights manager, overseas researcher or an activist.

Please review the recommended sequence of courses for the Global Civil Society and Human Rights programs:

Track A

Track B

Government


What you’ll study: political ideology, U.S. foreign policy, comparative political systems and methods of social research.

What you can do: Become a social researcher, political scientist, lobbyist or local government officer.

Please review the recommended sequence of courses.

Human Services Studies


What you’ll study: nonprofit management, psychology, sociology, U.S. politics, local/state government, public administration.

What you can do: Become a community service manager, philanthropist or do other meaningful work with nonprofit organizations.

Public Administration


What you’ll study: public administration, public economics and finance, organizational behavior.

What you can do: Become a city planner, civil service administrator, housing manager or local government officer.

Please review the recommended sequence of courses.



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Fast Facts

  • You'll get to apply theory and concepts to real-world situations.
  • Students have attended events featuring esteemed political experts.
  • The college has hosted current and former New Jersey governors.
  • You’ll gain a unique view of our democracy.
  • You’ll build foundational knowledge of facts and data, as well as skills and motivation to better understand yourself and those around you.

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You could be …

A political scientist: Median pay $114,290 per year. Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends and related issues.

A community service manager: Median pay $64,680 per year. Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.

Urban and regional planner: Median pay $70,020 per year. Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties and metropolitan areas.

A legislator: Median pay varies by location and governmental body. Usually elected to their positions, legislators write and pass laws as part of the government.

A lobbyist: Median $71,845 per year. Lobbyists build relationships with elected officials and attempt to persuade them to either pass, reject or amend legislation in which the lobbyist’s client has a vested interest.

(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)


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Contact Information

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Glenda Kirkland

Associate Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1776
Office: 59 Fremont, Room 302
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Daniel Skinner

Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1282
Office: 59 Fremont, Room 305
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“As a Government and International Studies major, you will have a variety of internship options, which are customized to suit your interest.”

– Dr. Glenda Kirkland, Bloomfield Social and Behavioral Studies Faculty
“Human services tend to be as broad as the needs and problems of the client base.”

– Robert Olding, president of the National Organization for Human Services
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

– President John F. Kennedy

Government and International Studies