Political Science

Fairleigh Dickinson University's New Jersey Metropolitan Campus, located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Teaneck just outside of New York City, serves as an excellent venue for students studying political science — an intriguing discipline that dates back to the philosophical reflections of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle who critically examined the role of government, political activity, and political behavior within society.

Enjoying partnerships with the United Nations and a wide array of government, public, non-profit, and private sector organizations, the study of political science at the Metropolitan Campus offers students a dynamic, challenging, and engaging course of study. Its interdisciplinary curriculum skillfully examines, integrates, analyzes, and applies theoretical and philosophical concepts inherent to political systems and behavior that are influenced by an ever-changing, globalized, and technologically advanced society. The program places a premium on cultivating student knowledge and understanding, critical thinking and reflection, effective communication, information and technological literacy, and ethical and professional behavior.

Specifically, the program examines political systems and behavior from a macro and micro perspective, taking into consideration the impact of globalization and technology that serve to influence political decision-making in areas such as climate change, the environment, migration and immigration, economic policies, economic disparity, hunger, social injustice and inequality, religious extremism, terrorism, and exponentially advancing technologies that influence the political landscape, on both the domestic and international stage.

Students studying political science at Fairleigh Dickinson gain valuable knowledge and skills sets that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers in a wide range of venues, including but not limited to federal, state and local government, law, business, international and non-profit organizations, education and research, journalism, campaign management and polling, and electoral politics. Other career paths can lead to employment within:

  • Government and Military Service
  • Intelligence, Information, and Analytical Services
  • The Foreign Service
  • Public Relations and Consulting
  • Teaching and Research
  • International Relations
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO)
  • Law and the Administration of Justice
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Social and Political Research
  • Market and Financial Research

Requirements for the BA in Political Science Degree, 36 credits

In addition to fulfilling the liberal arts course requirements within University College, political science students are to complete a total of 36 credits within the discipline.

Required polital science core, 15 credits

The program's core curriculum provides students a foundation in

  • the study of government, political systems and processes,
  • how political behavior influences public policy, and
  • the various methodologies employed by political scientists to inform and expand their knowledge, understanding, and decision making.

The core curriculum comprises the following courses:

Political Science Electives, 21 credits

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the core curriculum, students are required to complete an additional 21 credits of political science electives. In fulfilling this requirement, students have the opportunity for developing concentrations in the areas of:

  • American Government and Politics
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Law and Political Theory

American Government and Politics

Comparative Government and Politics

International Relation

Law and Political Theory

For further information on the program, please contact

Dr. Samuel J. Raphalides

Director of the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies