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MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS
DECLARING THE MAJOR AFTER JUNE 2014

 

Political Science major worksheet

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. Five (5) additional 3-credit 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).

3) 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 (OR  ten 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.

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