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Department Chair
Dr. Brian Frederick
508.531.2445
bfrederick@bridgew.edu

Administrative Assistant I
Chelsea Miner
508.531.1387

Department of Political Science

Theories of Intrigue

Aristotle famously called politics “the queen of the sciences,” and in the ensuing centuries, philosophers and theorists from across the globe have dedicated their lives to observing and attempting to understand and characterize how governments function, are formed and engage with each other. In the Department of Political Science at Bridgewater State University, we take pride in our connection to this ancient discipline as we promote an innovative, rigorous and analytical approach to the study of politics and government. 

Political science students are exposed to scientific, data-driven methods of conceptualizing the political forces that shape our world. In addition to the undergraduate major and minor in political science, the department offers an interdisciplinary minor in civic education and community leadership, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and a Graduate Certificate for Public Managers. Events hosted by the Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership – and research and service opportunities facilitated by the Center – provide students in Bridgewater’s political science department with valuable exposure to the most compelling issues of our day. Armed with a specialized knowledge of the field and a strong liberal arts background, our graduates go on to great success in fields as diverse as law, journalism, business and government.

Daniel Moriarty, '19, with President Fred Clark and Governor Charlie Baker at Statehouse

Daniel Moriarty, '19, honored as one of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's 29 Who Shine.

Vanessa Sherman '19 at Plimoth Plantation

Vanessa Sherman's undergraduate research sheds new light on the Mayflower Compact.

Melissa Sullivan, G'20, Donna Kalinick, and Andrew Rocha, G'16, in front of the Guy Clifford House, home of the BSU Political Science department

BSU's first certified public manager graduates, Melissa Sullivan, G'20, Donna Kalinick, and Andrew Rocha, G'16, put their training to use working for Massachusetts communities.