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Learning Goals

Learning Goal 1

Develop basic understandings of the theory, institutions, policies and practices of the United Nations

  • Take (required) Introduction to the United Nations Course (16:790:525)
  • Focus on one of the curriculum concentrations offered by the UNMA

Learning Goal 2

Students become conversant in global policy studies

  • All UNMA courses are focused on developing student skills as global policy analysts
  • Students are required to write research and policy papers in all advanced level courses (i.e. beyond the two required courses – 16:790:525 Introduction to the United Nations and 16:790:518 Theory and Method in the Study of Global Affairs)

Learning Goal 3

Students apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge to the analysis of pressing global issues and suggesting solutions to them

  • Take 36 credits of coursework, including 16:790:546 Capstone Seminar in United Nations and Global Policy Studies
  • Complete internships
  • Participate in the overseas studies, e.g., European Summer Institute at the International Center for Development and Decent Work, University of Kassel (Germany) 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of enrolling in the UNMA program at Rutgers?

The only program in the United States completely focused on the United Nations at an advanced level, students gain the skills of a liberal arts degree to better prepare them for work in international policy sectors and/or continuation of Ph.D. study.

Where are courses offered?

Courses are offered at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and at Marymount Manhattan College on the Upper East Side of New York City via a video-wall and/or online.

What are the requirements for obtaining a degree from the UNMA program?

In order to complete the UNMA program, students are required to enroll in three mandatory courses along with 27 credits of supplemental courses from a desired concentration. The mandatory courses are:

  • -Theory and Methods in the Study of Global Affairs (3 credits)
  • -Introduction to the United Nations: Theory, Institutions, Policy and Processes (3 Credits)
  • -Capstone Seminar in United Nations & Global Policy Studies(3 Credits) *Only offered during the spring*

What are Curriculum Concentrations?

Offering specialized courses in a variety of global policy areas, our concentrations help students narrow down their interest areas and provide specialized information when applying for employment post-graduation.

Are there employment opportunities for students on campus and within the UNMA program?

Currently the UNMA does not offer fellowships, Teaching Assistant or graduate assistant aid for students. However outside grants are available through the Graduate School-New Brunswick Financial Support page. Employment is available on campus with many of our students working as graders for undergraduate political science courses, phone interviewers at the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and within the student centers on campus.

For more information on student employee opportunities, visit the student employment office page for job listings.

Where do graduate students live on campus?

Graduate students who wish to live on campus have several apartment style options through the Rutgers Housing Office. Housing is available on Livingston and Cook Campus, along with special family housing for students with families. Apartments are available for nine month and twelve month leases. More information on housing available here.

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Youth and the Allure of Terrorism: Identity, Recruitment and Public Diplomacy

We want to welcome you to the symposium – “Youth and the Allure of Terrorism: Identity, Recruitment and Public Diplomacy.” This international gathering of scholars, clerics and activists provides a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts on how we, as a community committed to combating radical extremism, can address the spread of extremism and attraction to terrorist groups among youth. The symposium also allows us to benefit from the efforts of those who have been “in the trenches” in the struggle to prevent youth radicalization and instead help channel them in positive directions which will allow youth to enjoy a more productive life.

pdf Symposium (5.68 MB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective students often have questions about our program, therefore we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you do not find your question below, feel free to contact us at unma@polisci.rutgers.edu

 

What are the benefits of enrolling in the UNMA program at Rutgers?

The only program in the United States completely focused on the United Nations at an advanced level, students gain the skills of a liberal arts degree to better prepare them for work in international policy sectors and/or continuation of Ph.D. study.

Where are courses offered?

Courses are offered at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and at Marymount Manhattan College on the Upper East Side of New York City via a video-wall and/or online.

What are the requirements for obtaining a degree from the UNMA program?

In order to complete the UNMA program, students are required to enroll in three mandatory courses along with 27 credits of supplemental courses from a desired concentration. The mandatory courses are:

  • Theory and Methods in the Study of Global Affairs (3 credits)
  • Introduction to the United Nations: Theory, Institutions, Policy and Processes (3 Credits)
  • Capstone Seminar in United Nations & Global Policy Studies(3 Credits) *Only offered during the spring*

What are Curriculum Concentrations?

Offering specialized courses in a variety of global policy areas, our concentrations help students narrow down their interest areas and provide specialized information when applying for employment post-graduation.

What employment opportunities are available for students who receive a Masters degree from our program?

Students who receive a Masters degree from the UNMA at Rutgers have opportunities to work in a variety of policy areas, from NGO’s, international agencies like the United Nations and World Trade Organization, Non-profits, and Higher Education.

Possible career paths include:

  • Civil Service Agents
  • Foreign Service Officers
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Public Relations
  • Journalist
  • Humanitarian Relief Worker

Additionally, some students choose continuation of their studies in Ph.D. departments, law school admission and other professional tracks.

Are there employment opportunities for students on campus and within the UNMA program?

Currently the UNMA does not offer fellowships, Teaching Assistant or graduate assistant aid for students. However outside grants are available through the Graduate School-New Brunswick Financial Support page. Employment is available on campus with many of our students working as graders for undergraduate political science courses, phone interviewers at the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and within the student centers on campus.

For more information on student employee opportunities, visit the student employment office page for job listings.

Where do graduate students live on campus?

Graduate students who wish to live on campus have several apartment style options through the Rutgers Housing Office. Housing is available on Livingston and Cook Campus, along with special family housing for students with families. Apartments are available for nine month and twelve month leases. More information on housing available here.

How can I stay connected with the Rutgers UNMA program?

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Youth Global Heritage and Shifting Identities in the 21st Century

Youth project moduleSeeking to help youth develop a stronger sense of identity, personal growth, and new forms of consciousness.

Youth, Global Heritage and Shifting Identities in the 21st Century seeks to create a strong relationship between youth and the preservation of global heritage. One of the most serious problems facing the world is the rapid disappearance of global heritage, in its cultural, natural and intangible forms.

This multi-year project addresses two critical challenges of the 21st century. One is the increasing need for youth around the world to better understand their place and role in a rapidly changing world. This task has been made more difficult by increased transnational migration which often undermines linkages to the cultures in which they were born. The other is the threat to our global heritage – cultural, natural and intangible – which is essential to provide a solid foundation for diverse cultural identities. Although they will inherit these challenges, youth are not being prepared for stewardship of the world’s heritage.

The theme of global heritage will provide the critical link to promoting a more well-formed civic identity – both local and global – to develop empathy and respect for cultures other than their own, and enhance youth leadership skills. The object is to help youth develop a stronger sense of identity, personal growth, and new forms of consciousness of a critical component of human society which is not receiving the proper attention. It also seeks to undermine the attraction of some youth to extremist ideologies.

Through a partnership between the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Program (CHAPS), Department of Art History, and the MA Program in Political Science - United Nations and Global Policy Studies, Rutgers University, the project will create an international network of youth groups in the US and abroad. It will promote an understanding of the value of global heritage through curriculum development, student projects in universities and secondary schools, and cross-cultural contact and activities between student groups.

A website – Youth 4 Global Heritage - will educate youth about the growing number of threats facing global heritage and the urgent need to safeguard it for the future. The website will include curricula, an interactive, virtual reality educational module to be used in global heritage education, and group projects.

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