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New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 Programs of Study For Liberal Arts Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Political Science 790  

Political Science 790

(See also History/Political Science Joint Major 514)


Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Web Site: http://www.polisci.rutgers.edu

Chairperson:Richard W. Wilson

Vice Chairperson for Undergraduate Studies:Susan E. Lawrence

Professors:

Myron J. Aronoff, B.A., Miami (Ohio); M.A., Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

Ross K. Baker, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania

Stephen Eric Bronner, B.A., CUNY (City College); M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Susan J. Carroll, A.B., Miami (Ohio); M.A., Ph.D., Indiana

Drucilla L. Cornell, B.A., Antioch College; J.D., California (Los Angeles)

Eric Davis, B.A., SUNY (Binghamton); M.A., Ph.D., Chicago

Milton Heumann, B.A., CUNY (Brooklyn College); M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale

Robert Kaufman, A.B., Ph.D., Harvard

Richard R. Lau, B.A., Stanford; M.A., Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

C. Richard Lehne, B.A., Reed College; Ph.D., Syracuse

Jack Levy, B.S., Harvey Mudd College; M.A., Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison)

Roy E. Licklider, B.A., Boston; M.A., Ph.D., Yale

Wilson Carey McWilliams, A.B., M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Manus I. Midlarsky, B.S., CUNY (City College); M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Northwestern

Gordon Schochet, B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins; Ph.D., Minnesota

D. Michael Shafer, B.A., Yale; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard

Tracy B. Strong, B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Harvard

Richard W. Wilson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Princeton

Associate Professors:

Peter Dennis Bathory, B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Harvard

Cynthia Daniels, B.A., Ph.D., Massachusetts

Leela Fernandes, B.A., Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., Chicago

Jane Junn, A.B., Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., Chicago

Jan Kubik, B.A., M.A., Jagiellonian; Ph.D., Columbia

Susan Lawrence, B.A., Furman; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins

Barbara C. Lewis, B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern

Edward Rhodes, A.B., Harvard; M.P.A., Ph.D., Princeton

Daniel Tichenor, B.A., Earlham; Ph.D., Brandeis

Harvey Waterman, B.A., Southern California; M.A., Ph.D., Chicago

Assistant Professors:

Beth L. Leech, B.S.J., Northwestern; Ph.D., Texas A&M

Lisa Miller, B.A., Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., Washington

Jeffrey Ritter, B.A., Michigan; M.A., Johns Hopkins; Ph.D., Harvard

The political science major is designed to expose students to the philosophical and practical problems of political organization, action, and governance and to encourage critical thinking about the nature of citizenship, rights, and duties in the modern world. The undergraduate political science curriculum is divided into three general areas: Theoretical Approaches to Politics, American Institutionsand Politics, and Foreign and International Politics. While majors may choose to focus their studies on one of these areas, they are required to develop a solid intellectual foundation and understanding that spans all three and to approach the study of political science within the broader context of the social sciences.

Students completing the political science major are expected to develop the ability to read and listen critically, to reason analytically and engage in thoughtful moral judgment, and to write and speak clearly and forcefully. The major emphasizes the enhancement of key intellectual skills and qualities of mind-the habits of questioning, debating, challenging, and shaping coherent and persuasive arguments and interpretations-and seeks to involve undergraduates in the active research life of the Rutgers department.

Course work is organized into two general levels. Classes at the 100 and 200 levels are regarded as introductory and are designed to expose students to general concepts, basic knowledge, and modes of inquiry, as well as to serve as a foundation for additional course work. Classes at the 300 and 400 levels focus on more specialized issues, questions, or problems. In general, students should complete appropriate introductory course work before enrolling in upper-division classes.

Political science majors are encouraged strongly to take advantage of opportunities to engage in experiential learning at Rutgers. These opportunities include not only the one-term Washington Internship Program and Rutgers Study Abroad program, but internships supervised by the department and by the Rutgers Citizenship and Service Education (CASE) program.

Prior to declaring a major in political science, a student must complete at least two 100- or 200-level political science courses with an average grade of Cor better. These courses can be counted toward major credit.


 
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