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AIS: Political Science (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
Jeremy M. Teigen Ronald Hayashida
Wooseon Choi
Michael Fluhr
Jennefer Mazza
Clifford Peterson
Rebecca Root
Daniel Skinner
Michael Unger


About the Major

In a certain sense, Political Science is the study of power and authority and the forms they take in life. It deals with a whole range of human behavior, relationships, and values that affect the daily lives of everyone. Politics is the process by which individuals make collective decisions, set goals and priorities, and formulate policies to pursue them; to state it more directly, it is the study of "who gets what, when, and how."

The scope of politics is sweeping: from a superpower summit meeting to a local election, from Congressional action on tax policy to the efforts of environmental groups to influence a decision on a highway construction project. Politics is as old as the works of Plato and Aristotle, as current as the latest poll on public opinion, and as future-oriented as research into the effects of computers and information technology on the politics of the twenty-first century.

Students who major in Political Science are attracted to the vitality and relevance of its subject matter, are intellectually curious about its interrelationships with other fields such as business and economics, and see it as a useful tool in pursuing a variety of careers and professions. Traditionally, Political Science majors have successfully pursued careers in law, government, business management and administration, policy-oriented social action, teaching, or some combination of these fields.

The Political Science program at Ramapo attempts to respond to the needs of students with specific career aspirations as well as those who are activists or are just generally interested. The major at Ramapo is special because it combines traditional, basic, and advanced level courses in two tracts: the American politics track and the International politics track. Specialized courses and seminars reflect faculty expertise and a flexible and interdisciplinary curricular setting. This curricular flexibility allows each student in the major to study political science courses in related fields, and having the opportunity to take a second major - history or economics, for example.

The Political Science faculty encourages both traditional and innovative approaches to the major emphasizing American legislative, executive, judicial, and bureaucratic decision making, international and comparative politics, and the theoretical and practical connections between politics and social issues and institutions.

Special features of the Political Science major include: the recent establishment of a Ramapo Political Forum to sponsor speakers and special events for students; a program of student internships in government, legislative offices, and campaigns, and a pre-law advisor who works with students interested in law school admission. Study Abroad opportunities are possible through Ramapo's own programs or through the New Jersey State Consortium on International Studies.

Ramapo chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, provides special recognition and programming for outstanding Political Science students.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
AIID 101 [W] FIRST YEAR TOPICS: LIBERAL STUDIES
  FOUNDATIONS I AND
FOUNDATIONS II AND
INTERMEDIATE I OR
PROFICIENCY TEST
(SEE AIS WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT)
POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
  CORE REQUIREMENTS:
POLI 107 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
POLI 206 POLITICAL THEORY
POLI 223 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
POLI 316 POLITICAL SCIENCE METHODOLOGY
POLI 205 MODERN COMPARATIVE POLITICS OR
POLI 235 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
POLI 405 POLITICAL SCIENCE SEMINAR* (Only offered in Spring semesters)
  (required to graduate with a major in Political Science)
 
  POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS:
POLI 200-399 Five (5) courses, at least three (3) of which are at the 300 level
 
  Non-political science courses fulfilling the elective category:
ANTH 310 POLITICS, CULTURE, IDENTITY
ANTH 320 NATIONALISM AND ETHNICITY
HIST 251 POLIICS OF EUROPE
HIST 287 CONTEMPORARY AFRICA
HIST 382 CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST
HIST 387 HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
INTL 310 CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INTL 335 CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
LAWS 224 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
LAWS 340 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
SOSC 308 AFRICAN AND AMERICAN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

POLI 107 INTRO TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
POLI 206 POLITICAL THEORY
POLI 223 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
POLI 205 MODERN COMPARATIVE POLITICS OR
POLI 235 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
  Choose 2 electives (at least one at the 300/400 leve)

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.

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