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Program Description

Some say all of life is politics. We can get you ready for life.

Centenary University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political and Governmental Affairs takes the traditional political science degree to the next level. The program provides a strong foundation in the study of governments and governing procedures, and also dives deep into how the inner workings of government affect our day-to-day lives.

Political and Government majors can choose from two concentrations: American Politics and Global Politics. Both curriculums cover all aspects of formal government bodies as well as the activities of political parties, voting blocks and interest groups.

The program also offers select students the opportunity to study for one semester in Washington, D.C., through a partnership with American University. Students may study domestic or international politics. Additionally, there is an opportunity to select an internship or international travel as part of the Washington semester experience.

Lots of Choices

Political and Governmental Affairs has traditionally been a major of choice for students interested in pursuing careers in government service, law, journalism and criminal justice.

Graduates of our program are working for federal governmental agencies, state and local law enforcement agencies and domestic and global non-governmental (NGO) humanitarian organizations. The program also has graduated students serving as elected representatives in townships and counties throughout the state of New Jersey.

We also offer a 16-credit a minor in Political and Governmental Affairs — a popular option for students interested in a teaching career by pursuing a Teacher of Social Studies Certification at Centenary.

Skills Outside of the Classroom

Our Political and Governmental Affairs majors have the opportunity to pursue a variety of internships. Recent students have been placed in the congressional offices of U.S. Representatives Scott Garrett and Leonard Lance of New Jersey. Additional internships have included the Intelligence Section of the NYPD, the office of the District Attorney of Philadelphia and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, DC.

You will also participate in role-playing activities such as Model NATO and Model Middle East Peace Conference to help you develop advanced skills in research, analysis, negotiation and diplomacy.

Political Science Minor

Students interested in completing a minor in political science complete 16 credits in political science above and beyond the classes in these areas which may be used to fulfill the Core, or other program requirements of the University.

To minor in political science, a student may take any two courses at the 1000 or 2000-level and any two courses at the 3000 or 4000-level.

Students in the Political Science Minor at Centenary University most often major in Criminal Justice, History, Sociology, and Education, although students from all majors have been represented as minors.

Washington Semester at American University

The program offers select students the opportunity to study for one semester at American University through an institutional partnership with Centenary University. Students may choose a course of study in domestic or international politics with the additional opportunity to select an internship or international travel as part of the Washington Semester experience.

Experiential Learning—Bringing the World into the Classroom

In every semester, students are given the opportunity to play the role of world leaders. Through the experience of role-playing, major and minors apply knowledge gained in their traditional education to the practical role of a national decision-maker. In POL 1050 Model United Nations and in POL 2002 Comparative Politics: Model NATO and Model Middle East Peace Conference, students develop advanced skill in research, analysis, negotiation and diplomacy.

Addressing America’s Security Needs: The Focus on Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Faculty in the program are frequently heard in the regional and national media commenting on the most pressing security concerns for the nation, particularly those involving terrorism and counter-terrorism. Centenary University professors are regular briefing and analysis consultants to the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and are recognized as important assets to the counter-terrorism community. Students can benefit from specialized instruction in intelligence analysis, particularly if they are considering a career in that area. Finally, through its close partnership with the Criminal Justice program, students also learn how state and local law enforcement agencies are such a critical part of protecting the population from the threats posed by domestic and international terrorism.

Courses

Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts | (4)
  • POL 1001 | U.S. Political Systems (CAT VI: Democratic Citizenship) | (4)
  • WRI 1001/1002 | Composition and Rhetoric I or Composition and Rhetoric II | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Humanities | (4)
  • PSY 1000 | Introduction to Psychology (CAT IV) | (4)
  • SOC 1000 | Contemporary Social Issues (4)
  • WRI 1002/2012 | Composition and Rhetoric II or Advanced Composition | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • POL/PLS/SOC | Elective in noted discipline | (4)
  • POL 2001 | Elements of Political Theory | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • CAT V | Laboratory Science | (4)
  • MTH 1500 | Statistics for the Social Sciences (CAT II Mathematics) | (4)
  • MTH 1505 | SPSS Lab | (1)
  • POL 2002 | Comparative Contemporary Political Systems | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • SOC 4002 | Research Methods in the Social Sciences | (4)
  • POL | Political and Governmental Affairs Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective1 | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • POL 2003 | Essentials of Global Politics (CAT VI: Global Citizenship) | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • POL 3001 | American Constitutional Law | (4)
  • POL 3002 | American Public Policy Analysis | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • POL 3003 | American Foreign Policy | (4)
  • POL 4001 | Senior Seminar in Political and Governmental Affairs | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (3)

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS: 128

NOTES:

1. To earn a bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.
7. Students will be guided by the degree audit sheet in effect at the time they declare specific major(s). Category III requirements will be guided by the courses listed in the corresponding academic year catalog (once major(s) is/are declared).
8. SOC4002 Research Methods in the Social Sciences is designated writing intensive and is to be taken in either semester of the junior year and after MTH1500 and MTH1505 are taken. It is also a pre-requisite for POL4001 Senior Seminar in P&GA.

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Internships & Jobs

Political and Governmental Affairs majors are assisted in obtaining internships. Recent students have been placed in the congressional offices of New Jersey Representatives Scott Garrett and Leonard Lance. Additional internships have included the Intelligence Section of the NYPD, the office of the District Attorney of Philadelphia and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington, DC.

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.