Political Science

Power: how steer it, how to control it, how to analyze it. How to make the world a better place. That’s what we teach in Political Science. Our students enter public life in government service, law, advocacy, and management. We solve problems and improve the world around us.

Critical Intelligence Studies
Our nation and your privacy are under attack like never before. From cyberterrorists to garden-variety hackers the threats to government, business, and the individual are everywhere. We offer a path for you whether you are into language, technology, or policy. How do we balance security and privacy?

 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16


Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

At a Glance

Political Science welcome

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Programs Offered:

Major in Political Science
Minor in Political Science
Minor in Critical Intelligence Studies
Minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Minor in Government and Business

Douglass Campus

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