Sophia College for Women
(Empowered Autonomous)
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Senior College


Political science has gradually evolved into a discipline which encompasses a study of not only domestic but also international politics. Since the inception of an inter-disciplinary approach in academics, the study of domestic politics is no longer confined to internal boundaries of a nation. A study political science has to take into consideration a country's relation with other nations and the development taking place in other parts of the world. This makes the subject a very interesting fields of study and offers the student many academic challenges. There are a vast range of career opportunities and intellectual avenues open to a student of political science.

About the Department

The department was started in 1960. The maximum strength at entry level is 90 to 100 students. The subject is offered as a double major at the TYBA level. A student who opts for the subject along with any other social science subject, offered by the college, enhances her chances to do well in any public service competitive examination. The faculty encourages the students to participate in activities linked with the subject e.g. mock parliaments. Departmental activities include Seminars, Group Discussions, Debates and Class Presentations. These activities equip each student with communication skills useful for careers in Public Relations and Human Resource Management, making them both good team players as well as effective leaders.



Dr. Paul Rozario

MA, MPhil, PhD (Head of the Department)


Dr. Paul Rozario did his Masters in Political Science and his M Phil in American Studies from the School of Social Sciences and School of International Studies - the Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi . He got his PhD degree from the Department of Civics and Politics University of Mumbai. He was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Fellowship in International relations, at the University of Mumbai , he has also passed the prestigious UGC JRF / Lectureship National Entrance Test in 1993. In April 2006, he was the sole Indian representative in the International Visitor Leadership Programme, interactively touring the U.S. on the invitation of the U. S. Department of State. His areas of interest are International Relations , Foreign Policy, American Studies, International Organizations, International Trade and Economic Relations, Religion And Ethics

Ms Shahnaz Shaikh

MA, MPhil


Ms. Shahnaz Shaikh is associated with the Departmentof PoliticalScience as an Assistant Professor in Sophia College since July 2008. She worked in the Department of Civics and Politics, University ofMumbai as a Research Assistant. She also taught Political Science as a subject in SVKM Law College before joining Sophia College. She lectures on Foundation Course, Indian Political System, Politics of Modern Maharashtra and Gandhism.
She did her graduation from Sophia College with Double major in Hindi and Political Science. She has also completed her M. A. And M. phil. from the Department of Civics and Politics. Her Research topic was Agrarian Crisis in Maharashtra and Farmers suicides in Vidarbha. She has also passed the UGC JRF/lecturership National Entrance Test in 2007.Currently, she is pursuing her Ph. D. Degree from the Department of Civics and Politics.Her research topic is Muslims in India with special reference to the Implementation of the Sachar Committee Report. Her area of interest are Indian Studies, International Relations, International Organizations, State Politics and Religion.