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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Political Science 790  

Political Science 790

(See also History/Political Science Joint Major 514)

Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences


Chair: Richard Lau

Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies: William Field


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

Douglas H. Blair, B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Murphy, B.A., North Carolina (Chapel Hill); M.A., Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison)

Kira Sanbonmatsu, B.A., Massachusetts; Ph.D., Harvard

Associate Professors:

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

Jocelyn Elise Crowley, B.A., Cornell; M.P.P., Georgetown; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

R. Daniel Kelemen, B.A., California (Berkeley); Ph.D., Stanford

Mona L. Krook, B.A., Columbia; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford

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

Melanye T. Price, B.A., Prairie View A&M; Ph.D., Ohio State

Assistant Professors:

Stacey Greene, B.S., Loyola (New Orleans); M.A., Ph.D., California (UCLA)

Yalidy Matos, B.A., Connecticut College; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State

Katherine McCabe, B.A., Harvard; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton

Shatema A. Threadcraft, B.A., Harvard; M.S., London School of Economics; Ph.D., Yale

Andrey Tomashevskiy, B.A., Kean; M.A., New York; Ph.D., California (San Diego)

Hannah Walker, B.A., Washington State; M.A., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., Washington

Xian Huang, B.A., M.A., Peking; Ph.D., Columbia

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 institutions and 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 interpretation--and seeks to involve undergraduates in the active research life of the department.

Coursework 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 coursework. Classes at the 300 and 400 levels focus on more specialized issues, questions, or problems. In general, students should complete appropriate introductory coursework 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-semester Washington Internship Program and Rutgers Study Abroad program, but internships supervised by the department and by the Rutgers Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships (CESEP) program.

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

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