Requirements

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.

CRITICAL INTELLIGENCE STUDIES MINOR

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:

  1. Three courses dealing with 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

01:790:485 Intelligence Studies Internship OR 01:790:484 Research in Intelligence Studies

  1. Specialization in an area of critical need for the Intelligence Community
  2. Cyber Track:
  • One course in foundational computer science
  • One course in computer security
  • One elective course (language or area study) to promote awareness of the international context of intelligence work
  1. Policy Track:
    1. Two policy courses
    2. One elective course (language or area studies) to promote awareness of the international context of intelligence work
  2. Language Track:
  • Two language courses in the same language at a level determined in coordination with the relevant language department. AP credit can be applied to one of these courses but not both
  • Politics of National Security
  1. Engineering Track:
  • One course in foundational computer science
  • Politics of National Security
  • One elective course (language or area studies) to promote awareness of the international context of intelligence work

There are various course options within each of the tracks. Students should first consult degree navigator and then contact the program director (Ava Majlesi – avamaj@rutgers.edu) to discuss possible paths to completion of the minor.


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.