Prospective Students

prospective studentsThink of yourself as a public servant? There are 5 or 10 people working behind the scenes for every elected official who grabs the limelight and even more working during campaign season. Many of the offices of New Jersey legislators are staffed by our graduates and a good number of our students have run for office at the local, state, or national level.

Does your public service focus on advocacy, lobbying, or grass roots organizing? We’ve got the courses and the internships to help.

Do you think law school might be on the cards? We have an unofficial pre-law track involving 106 Law and Politics, 340 Law and Society, and 401 Constitutional Law, with electives that ex-plore gender, policy, courtroom concerns, affirmative action and higher education.

Considering a career in teaching? The joint major in History and Political Science is something you should look into http://history.rutgers.edu/undergraduate/major-minor-and-joint-requirements/joint-majors-and-options/54-academics/joint-majors/89-historypolitical-science-joint-major

Beyond the obvious paths that the political science major is thought to prepare you for – elected office, campaign work, government service and the law – the political science major is ideally positioned to help you develop the critical thinking and communication skills for the business world, for journalism, and for social media careers.

For any of these paths you should plan to pursue at least one internship toward the end of your studies. Internships help you hone your self-presentation skills, expose you to possible career paths, and boost your resume. Check here for more information about Internships

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Undergraduate Program

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Our undergraduate political science program is grounded in the classics yet oriented toward the future.

We start with ancient Greek political thought to lay the foundations for understanding political action. These and more modern political philosophers suggest ways to live and to govern the community.

We build on those foundations with modern quantitative analysis, institutional exploration of American government, comparative analysis of the world, and practical internship experience.

Students learn strong critical thinking and communication skills.

We explore what “is” and what “ought to be.”

We will expose you to normative understandings of the world while giving you the tools to confront and critique the modern world.

The degree combines political philosophy, public policy, international comparisons, entrepreneurial action, and practical experience.

Our students follow many career paths, from the law to business, government service, diplomacy, and social activism.

We’re proud of our students.

Summer Travel Courses

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Rutgers-Ritsumeikan Partnership

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Model Congress

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