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Minor in Political Science 

 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING FALL 2005 OR LATER

To minor in Political Science, students must complete six 3-credit Political Science courses with a grade of C or better. At least four of these courses must be at the 300-level or above. In addition, no more than six credits of independent study, internships, or any combination of these may be applied toward the minor. No more than two Political Science courses (6 credits) that were taken outside of the Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway Political Science Department may be applied to the minor. The Political Science Seminar 790:395 may not be counted toward the minor.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED BEFORE FALL 2005

To minor in Political Science, students must complete six 3-credit Political Science courses with a grade of C or better. At least four of these courses must be at the 300-level or above. No more than six credits of independent study, internships, or any combination of these may be applied toward the minor. The Political Science Seminar 790:395 may not be counted toward the minor.


Minor in Critical Intelligence Studies (18 credits total)

(revised March 1, 2017)

 

The interdisciplinary minor in Critical Intelligence Studies enables students to use a broad range of information to understand potential sources of risk and how to apply their understanding to enhance domestic and global security. The minor consists of two basic elements, one designed to provide students with essential knowledge related to the field of Intelligence Studies and the other designed to enhance their understanding of different regions, cultures, and value systems that inform the effective use of intelligence. Course offerings in the first area present a mix of tools for intelligence gathering in a framework that offers a critical evaluation of the use and misuse of intelligence gathering and tensions between security and privacy. Course offerings in the second area cover language expertise and cultural competencies.  

Learning Goals:

At the end of this program students will be able to: 

  • explain the intelligence gathering process in various national and historical contexts;
  • write clearly, critically, and analytically about intelligence issues;
  • demonstrate intermediate-level language skills or cultural competence skills;
  • make strong arguments that strike a defensible balance between security and privacy in the context of the American constitutional system.

In order to declare a minor in Critical Intelligence Studies, students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and to have completed 01:790:292 with at least a C. To fulfill the minor requirements, students must pass an additional five three-credit courses with a grade of C or higher.

The minor in Critical Intelligence Studies requires the following courses:

A. Three courses dealing with the theory and practice of Critical Intelligence Studies, including the following:

  • 01:790:292 Introduction to Critical Intelligence Studies
  • 01:790:483 Seminar: Critical Thinking and Analytic Writing for the Intelligence Community
  • 01:790:484 Research in Intelligence Studies, OR
  • 01:790:485 Intelligence Studies Internship 

B. Two courses to enhance understanding of cybersecurity issues:

One course from the following:

  • 01:198:111 Introduction to Computer Science
  • 01:198:170 Computer Applications for Business
  • 14:440:127 Introduction to Computers for Engineers
  • 04:547:201 Introduction to Computer Concepts

AND

One course from the following:

  • 01:198:419 Computer Security
  • 04:547:432 Information Security

C. One elective course to promote awareness of the international context of intelligence work: 

There is a broad choice of courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement. 

Departments and faculty offering courses they believe are well-suited to this requirement may request that their course be reviewed for addition to these lists by contacting the Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Political Science who is serving as the academic advisor for this minor.

Students may request approval to substitute a course not on this list by contacting the academic advisor for the program before registering for the course. When making the request, be sure to include the course information, including the course description and a syllabus.

The elective requirement can be fulfilled in ONE of the following ways:

--one foreign language course at the 200 or 300 level. 

OR

--one 3-credit Area Studies Course at the 300 or 400 level offered by or approved for the following programs: European Studies (01:360); Latin American Studies (01:590); Middle Eastern Studies (01:685); South Asian Studies (01:925). Students may use departmental courses (e.g. History or Political Science) that are cross-listed or that are similar to these courses with the permission of the program advisor. Students should consult with the program advisor to determine which courses can fulfill this requirement

OR

--one 3-credit course from the following departments with a comprehensive global orientation: African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literature (01:013); Asian Languages and Cultures (only courses in Asian Studies track (01:098).

Students should consult with the program advisor to determine which courses can fulfill this requirement. 

This program is administered jointly by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security.

Inquiries should be directed to Ava Majlesi, Associate Director of the Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security and the Rutgers IC CAE Program, who also serves as an advisor for the Critical Intelligence Studies minor.

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