Welcome to the Department of Political Science. This section contains all the information for current students, faculty, and staff.

Student in Political Science Class


We're all part of the political process. Every voter, every future voter, every taxpayer, and every citizen. We live with the laws and sometimes complain about the government. And some of us will even step up to the challenge of a free society by working to change laws or make new ones. You don't have to be "in politics" to be affected by politics. Health care, the environment, free speech, human rights -- all of these are political issues that can be deeply and profoundly personal.

Southern's political science majors immerse themselves in the study of government, public policy, and political culture. Along the way, they sharpen their skills in writing, communication, and complex analysis. Many works side-by-side with legislators and policy-makers as interns at the state legislature in Hartford, in the U.S. Congress in Washington, or at prestigious public policy agencies or worldwide organizations like Amnesty International.

A political science major is excellent preparation for students interested in public administration, law, business, public relations, and journalism.


Southern Connecticut State University
Political Science Department

Engleman Hall Building, Wing C, Room 226A
501 Crescent Street

phone: (203) 392-5666
fax: (203) 392-5670


Position Name Phone
Department Chairperson Dr. Kevin Buterbaugh (203) 392-5662
Graduate Coordinator Dr. Jennifer Hopper (203) 392-5659
Department Secretary Ms. Karyn Watts (203) 392-5666