MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS
DECLARING THE MAJOR AFTER JUNE 2014

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 TWELVE 3-credit courses (OR eleven 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 one of the following introductory courses in "American Institutions and Politics"

790:104 (American Government)
790:106 (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 (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 status)

7. Five (5) additional political science courses.

 

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:

No more than 12 credits of 100 level course work.
No more than 6 credits of independent study, internships, or thesis work, or any combination of these.
No more than 3 credits of mini-courses (i.e. 1.5 credit courses).
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.


FOR STUDENTS DECLARING THE POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR
BETWEEN 2005 AND JUNE 2014

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 one of the following introductory courses in "American Institutions and Politics":

790:104 (American Government)
790:106 (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 (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 status)

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:

No more than 12 credits of 100 level course work.
No more than 6 credits of independent study, internships, or thesis work, or any combination of these.
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.

5. No winter session courses from any Rutgers campus or another university/college may be applied toward the major