Political Science

Political Science

Political Science Academic Programs

The Political Science Department offers a major program of 39 credits leading to a B.A. degree, and a minor program consisting of 21 credits. These programs are open to all students who envision careers as lawyers, government managers and administrators, public policy analysts, journalists, intelligence officers, diplomatic service officers, teachers, lobbyists, public opinion analysts, legislative aides, or any other career in government or business which requires a broad liberal arts background.

The major program aims at ensuring both breadth of knowledge of the discipline and in-depth studies in areas of the student's greatest interest. The total degree model requires 39 credits in the major, 46 credits in specific general education courses, 14 credits in elective upper-level courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and/or in general education courses, and 21 credits of free elective courses for a total of 120 credits for graduation. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all Political Science courses. In addition, all students are required to take courses designated as Writing Intensive, Multicultural/Global, and a course designated as LIT.

Minor in Political Science 

The minor program in political science supplements the curriculum of students majoring outside political science; it helps students expand their career options into such fields as law, journalism, social studies teaching, business, government, and intelligence. The minor requires 21 s.h. of courses. Twelve of those semester hours are in basic courses which are required of all who pursue a political science minor, while the other nine are electives which students can tailor to their particular career or intellectual interests.

Political Science Advisors

Courtney Hulsart
Economics and Political Science (students with less than 90 credits)
Campbell Library, 5th Floor
856-256-4836 | hulsart@rowan.edu 

Harold Thompson
Economics and Political Science (students with 90+ credits)
Discovery Hall, Office # 314A
856-256-5719 | thompsonh@rowan.edu

CUGS - Certificate of Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Political Science & Economics offers a 12 credit Certificate in Public Policy (CUGS). This certificate will provide students with a fundamental understanding of critical tools for effective policy analysis, including formal program evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, and an introduction to policy-relevant statistics. The flexible course of study enables students to take courses centered on specific themes relating to public policy, including health, labor, environmental, and social policies.

The flexibility and broad applicability of the CUGS in Public Policy makes it relevant to all majors who seek to add a policy component to their course of study, providing practical preparation for success in graduate school and/or future careers. The CUGS in Public Policy provides a certification that will be noted on the graduate’s transcript.

Requirements for the CUGS in Public Policy (12 S.H.)

Required course:

EDPA 02410 Public Policy (3 S.H.)

The CUGS in Public Policy also requires 9 S.H. from any 3 of the following courses:

POSC 07220 State & Local Government (3 S.H.)
POSC 07323 Race, Poverty and Welfare in the US (3 S.H.)
POSC 07385 Environmental Policy (3 S.H.)

To be awarded the CUGS in Public Policy, students must complete all courses required for the CUGS in Public Policy with at least a 2.0 average.

CUGS Advisor
Dr. Misty Knight-Finley
Robinson Hall 317