The Political Science Department at Rutgers-Camden is committed to engaging students in a rigorous exploration of how individuals, groups and societies interact to pursue both their values and their interests. Our goal for the political science major is to equip students with the knowledge and skills for effective participation in civic life and leadership and for careers in the law, politics, government service, national security or the nonprofit sector.
Political Science majors with a 3.0 GPA overall and in Political Science are encouraged to apply for the Department Honors Program that provides the opportunity to take two Honors Seminars offered by faculty in their areas of research expertise and to work directly with an individual faculty member on original research for an Honors Thesis. Successful completion of the Honors Program is reflected on students’ official transcript.
Our dual programs with the Law School (JD Degree) and the Department of Public Policy and Administration (MPA Degree) offer qualified students the option of completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in an accelerated program of study. Our Internship Program offered through Campus Career Services provides students with real-life work experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as well as in political offices and organizations. Students seeking leadership opportunities can find them through our affiliated student organizations: the Pre-Law Society and the Political Science Society, both of which are active in creating opportunities on campus for students to interact with professionals and policymakers.
The Political Science Department, thanks to two endowments from past Political Science Majors, is able to offer scholarships and programing for our majors. The Jack Marvin Weiner Memorial Fund provides financial support to majors demonstrating significant academic merit and/or outstanding service to their communities or the campus. The Jacob Abraham and Mildred Amelia Baron Endowed Fund supports special events and lectures as well as student research and travel to academic conferences.
Whether you decide to pursue a graduate degree or choose to go directly to work, the Political Science Department provides all the tools and preparation necessary for a strong citizenship and fulfilling future.