Major / Minor

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (Bachelor of Arts)

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. 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.
    5. 790:395 Political Science Seminar* (taken after reaching junior status)
    6. 5 additional 3-credit courses.

* NOTE: No more than one 790:395 (Political Science Seminar) may be counted for major credit.

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).

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.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

  1. Minor in Political Science:
  2. 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 have been 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.
  3. Minor in Critical Intelligence Studies:
  4. To declare the minor in Critical Intelligence Studies, students must complete 790:292 Introduction to Critical Intelligence Studies. Completing the minor requires 5 additional courses, including an internship in the intelligence field or appropriate research, two courses in computer science, and an elective that teaches competence in European, Latin American, South Asian, Middle Eastern, African or East Asian languages and culture. See http://polisci.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate/minor for more details.

TRANSFER CREDIT:

To receive transfer credit for Political Science courses from another college or university, the course must be evaluated by the Political Science Department. If you are planning to study at another college or university, you should obtain prior approval of the Political Science courses. In either case bring a syllabus that includes the university name, the instructor’s name and credentials, the contact hours, the graded assignments and the reading list to Prof. Dennis Bathory in 506 Hickman.

Equivalent courses for Political Science courses at New Jersey Community Colleges can be found on the NJ Transfer website http://www.njtransfer.org/ . There are a limited number of NJ community college Political Science courses that are accepted for major credit. Most are introductory courses. Contact a faculty advisor for more information.

No more than four Political Science courses (12 credits) that have been taken outside of the Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway Political Science Department may be applied to the major. No more than two Political Science courses (6 credits) that have taken outside of the Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway Political Science Department may be applied to the minor.

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 oneof 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.

  1. 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).
  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
  1. 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.