The Political Science Faculty at Rutgers-Camden are 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 political science majors is to equip them with the knowledge, skills and understanding essential for effective civic participation and leadership and for careers in the law, politics, government service, national security or the nonprofit sector. All students take a mix of courses across three areas of study: (a) American Politics and Public Policy; (b) International Politics; (c) Political Theory and Methodology.
Our joint and accelerated programs with the Law School (JD Degree) and the Department of Public Policy and Administration (MPA Degree) offer exciting opportunities for combining undergraduate and graduate education while our Internship Program offered in cooperation with Campus Career Services provides students real-life, hands-on work experience. Political Science majors with strong academic records are encouraged to apply for the Department Honors Program which opens the to take Honors Seminars and work directly with a faculty member on original research for an Honors Thesis.
Students seeking leadership opportunities and the chance to learn outside the classroom 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 provide scholarships and programing for our majors. The Jack Marvin Weiner Memorial Fund allows the Department offer 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 is now able to support special events and lectures as well student research and travel to 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.