MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING RUTGERS FALL 2005 OR LATER

To become a Political Science major, a student must complete TWO 100 level Political Science courses with an average of C or better. These courses can be counted toward major credit.

  1. Majors must complete ELEVEN 3-credit courses (ORten 3-credit courses and two 1.5-credit courses) in Political Science with a grade of C or better, including:
    1. The introductory course in "Theoretical Approaches to Politics":
      • 790:101 (The Nature of Politics)
    2. At least oneof the following introductory courses in "American Institutions and Politics":
      • 790:104 (American Government)
      • 790:106 (Law and Politics)
    3. At least oneof the following introductory courses in "Foreign and International Politics":
      • 790:102 (Introduction to International Relations)
      • 790:103 (Comparative Politics)
    4. No more than four 3-credit courses at the 100 level
    5. At least one 300- or 400-level course in each of these three areas: "Theoretical Approaches to Politics", "American Institutions and Politics" and "Foreign and International Politics". Click here for a complete list.
    6. 790:395 Political Science Seminar* (taken after reaching junior stauts)
    * NOTE: No more than one 790:395 (Political Science Seminar) may be counted for major credit.
  2. The Political Science courses for the major may include:
    1. No more than 12 credits of 100 level course work.
    2. No more than 6 credits of independent study, internships, or thesis work, or any combination of these.
    3. No more than 3 credits of mini-courses (i.e. 1.5 credit courses).
  3. In addition, majors must complete with a grade of C or better two 3-credit courses in each of any two of the following cognate departments:
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Religion
    • Sociology
  4. No more than four Political Science courses (12 credits) taken outside the Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway Department of Political Science may be applied to the major. No winter session courses from any Rutgers campus or another university/college may be applied toward the major.

Current students can consult the Degree Navigator to view major and minor requirements and to track their progress toward completion of the major. http://nbdn.rutgers.edu.




MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED RUTGERS BEFORE FALL 2005


To become a Political Science major, a student must complete TWO 100 or 200 level Political Science courses with an average of C or better. These courses can be counted toward major credit.

  1. Majors must complete ELEVEN 3-credit courses (or ten 3-credit courses and two 1.5-credit courses) in Political Science with a grade of C or better, including:
    1. At least one of the following introductory courses in "Theoretical Approaches to Politics":
      • 790:101 (The Nature of Politics)
      • 790:105 (American Politics Public and Private)
    2. At least one of the following introductory courses in "American Institutions and Politics":
      • 790:104/201 (American Government)
      • 790:106/247 (Law and Politics)
    3. At least one of the following introductory courses in "Foreign and International Politics":
      • 790:102 (Introduction to International Relations)
      • 790:103/210 (Comparative Politics)
    4. No more than four 3-credit courses at the 100- or 200- level.
    5. At least one 300- or 400- level course in each of these three areas, "Theoretical Approaches to Politics", "American Institutions and Politics", and "Foreign and International Politics". Click here for a complete list.
    6. 790:395 Political Science Seminar (taken after reaching junior status) (NOTE: No more than one 790:395 (Political Science Seminar) may be counted for major credit.)
    7. No more than six credits of independent study, internships, or thesis work, or any combination of these
    8. No more than three credits of mini-courses. (i.e. 1.5 mini courses)
  2. In addition, majors must complete with a grade of C or better two 3-credit courses in each of any two of the following cognate departments:
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Religion
    • Sociology

Current students can consult the Degree Navigator to view major and minor requirements and to track their progress toward completion of the major. http://nbdn.rutgers.edu.