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A Welcome Message to Prospective Students and their Families

Dr. Chris Haynes, Political Science Coordinator

The primary objective of our program is to offer courses and activities that foster and develop the skills that will best position our students for future employment or post-graduate education.

HaynesOn behalf of the Political Science faculty, I would like to convey how excited we are that you are considering the political science program at the University of New Haven! Whether you are a prospective student or parent, I trust that in the web pages of our Political Science program, you will learn what makes the University of New Haven a special place for those seeking an education and career in the world of politics.

The primary objective of our program is to offer courses and activities that foster and develop the skills that will best position our students for future employment or post-graduate education. We know without a doubt that when it comes to a future career in a political science-related field or post graduate study, the graduate most highly valued is the one who can think and write critically, interact socially with a diverse audience, problem-solve in a way that indicates self-motivation and resourcefulness, and effectively communicate his or her thoughts and ideas.

To this end, we have crafted a program that highlights the development of these skills — one that places a high value on experiential learning opportunities. For example, our “Ideas into Law” course enhances problem-solving, critical thinking, and social interaction skills by asking students to propose, analyze,and present solutions to real-life problems to the mayor of West Haven, Edward O’Brien. In the fall of 2014, students conducted important public opinion research for the Mayor’s office, shedding light on the concerns and issues that West Haven residents found most pressing.

In addition, in our award-winning Model United Nations (MUN) program, we train 12–15 students in the art and skill of diplomacy, problem solving, and persuasion. The culmination of the MUN experience includes attendance at national conferences in New York and Washington, D.C., where University of New Haven students network with hundreds of other like-minded students in a competition to propose and pass a variety of solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

As you read through our web pages, I encourage you to think about how each part of the political science program relates to our primary objective of skill development. Whether it is our emphasis on joint student-faculty research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the networking opportunities with such notables as Lt. Governor Nancy Wymanor U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro that stem from our Political Science Speaker Series, or our Washington, D.C. and Hartford internship programs, I am confident that you will recognize the clear emphasis our program places on giving students the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in gaining a career or acceptance to law or graduate school.

Finally, our program has dedicated faculty members who are deeply invested in the educational, personal, and career oriented success of each of our political science majors. Each student is given individual advising and mentoring with a faculty member, which includes course planning, goal-setting, and postgraduate preparations.

Once again, I want to express our excitement about your interest in the University of New Haven Political Science program and encourage you to become a part of our political science family!

With best wishes,
Chris Haynes, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Political Science Program