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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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Political science majors from Ramapo have successfully pursued careers in law, government, campaigns, business management and administration, policy-oriented social action, teaching, or some combination of these fields.

One of Ramapo’s newest programs is a joint B.A./J.D Degree with Seton Hall Law School; this guaranteed admissions program is designed so that high achieving high school students who meet outlined criteria can be accepted for both Ramapo and be guaranteed admission to Seton Hall Law School four years later.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Political Scientists$86,010 - $165,570
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other Varies - Varies
Correctional Officers and Jailers$42,730 - $102,820
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$35,980 - $87,960
Judicial Law Clerks$41,000 - $61,200
Lawyers$69,240 - Varies
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary$40,860 - $133,850
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$19,900 - Varies
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$109,680 - $172,810
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$85,590 - $133,750

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

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, campaigns for US Senate, Governor, and NJ state legislature, Department of Health, NJ State Police, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Health Care Institute of NJ.

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 the Ramapo Political Forum, which sponsors speakers and special events for students; a program of student internships in government, legislative offices, and campaigns, and with a pre-law advisor if you are interested in law school admission. You will also find study abroad opportunities through Ramapo’s own programs or through the New Jersey State Consortium on International Studies.