You don't have to be a politics major to take advantage of the many events and programs held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library.

The Institute offers opportunities for students that are unavailable at any other college. No matter how prominent the speaker, it is always a student who steps up to the microphone to make the introduction.

One politics major introduced Hillary Clinton, when she was a presidential candidate. Another student later conducted a one-on-one interview with her. This student had already met most of the candidates of both major parties-but she had only shaken their hands. The experience was one of the highlights of her four years of college, and no doubt one of the things that influenced CBS News to offer her an internship.

Past Student Experiences Include:

  • Chat with NBC's Brian Williams in the Common Grounds Cafe.
  • Collaborate with professors on studies of voter behavior and environmental policies.
  • Talk with Madeleine Albright about being the first woman secretary of state.
  • Attend a naturalization ceremony and witness the pride and joy of becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • Town Hall style meetings with presidential candidates.
  • "Politics and Eggs" breakfasts.
  • Discussions with journalists such as Mark Shields, and The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne.
  • Attend live broadcasts of shows such as MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Students usually have to wait until they graduate to get this kind of experience. But thanks to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, students are welcomed into the political process the day they start their college experience.

Department of Politics

The Department of Politics is located within the Institute building. Politics and international relations majors attend many of their classes at the Institute. For more information about Saint Anselm College's academic programs, please visit the academic section of our Web site.

Liz Fanning

Why Study Politics Here?

Location (the N.H. Primary), variety of courses, outstanding faculty, and student opportunities. There is no better place to learn and experience politics first hand.