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Political Science


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

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About Political Science

Do you ever ask yourself, “who gets what, when, and how?”

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.

Classes you can take:

Political Theory, American Government, US Supreme Court, Voting and Public Opinion, Political Science Methodology, Election Campaigns, Civil Rights, Human Rights in Latin America; International Politics, Islam, Politics & International Relations, US – China Relations

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Career Opportunities

Political Science combines analytical skills with advanced communications abilities valuable to many potential career possibilities such as:

  • Attorneys
  • Administration in Corporate, Government, and Nonprofit Sectors
  • City Planning • Communications Directors
  • Policy Analysis
  • Labor Relations
  • Journalism in Traditional and New Media
  • Intelligence officers
  • Legislative Liaisons and Lobbying
  • Polling and Public Opinion Research
  • Campaign management
  • Publishing
  • Public Affairs Advisor for Corporate and Non profit organizations
  • Interest groups
  • State and Local Governments
  • High School Social Studies Teacher
  • University Researcher or Professor
Hands-On Learning

The Political Science faculty encourages both traditional and innovative approaches to the major emphasizing American legislative, executive, and judicial decision making, international and comparative politics, and the theoretical and practical connections between politics and social issues and institutions. We encourage students to apply knowledge they acquire in the classroom to the real world.

Follow in the footsteps of other political science majors and find internships at organizations such as: American Association of People with Disabilities, offices of U.S. Senators, House of Representatives, and NJ Governor and State legislators, Department of Health, NJ State Police, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Embassies and Diplomatic Missions, the United Nations Development Programme, International Rescue Commission, Health Care Institute of NJ, and law firms in the Greater New York region.

The Political Science works closely with the Washington Internship Institute (WII) to search and place students in appropriate internship opportunities in Washington D.C., where they will spend a semester working and taking courses that count toward their graduation. The major is also designed to accommodate a semester for students wishing to study abroad to enrich their world view and widen their career path. For more info on study abroad, contact Ramapo’s Roukema Center.

The Ramapo chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, provides special recognition and programming for outstanding Political Science students. Other ways to get involved are through various on-campus clubs such as the Model UN (contact Professor Dean Chen who is currently the Model UN Advisor). If you are interested in law school admission, contact our pre-law advisors–Professors Jeremy Teigen and Michael Unger.

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