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Academic Programs


  • B.A. in Political Science
    The Political Science Department offers a major program of 39 credits leading to a B.A. degree, and a minor program consisting of 21 credits. These programs are open to all students who envision careers as lawyers, government managers and administrators, public policy analysts, journalists, intelligence officers, diplomatic service officers, teachers, lobbyists, public opinion analysts, legislative aides, or any other career in government or business which requires a broad liberal arts background.
  • The major program aims at ensuring both breadth of knowledge of the discipline and in-depth studies in areas of the student's greatest interest. The total degree model requires 39 credits in the major, 46 credits in specific general education courses, 14 credits in elective upper level courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and/or in general education courses, and 21 credits of free elective courses for a total of 120 credits for graduation. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all Political Science courses. In addition, all students are required to take courses designated as Writing Intensive, Multicultural/Global, and a course designated as LIT.
  • Minor in Political Science

    The minor program in political science supplements the curriculum of students majoring outside political science; it helps students expand their career options into such fields as law, journalism, social studies teaching, business, government and intelligence. The minor requires 21 s.h. of courses. Twelve of those semester hours are in basic courses which are required of all who pursue a political science minor, while the other nine are electives which students can tailor to their particular career or intellectual interests.

Political Science Advisor - Dr. Lawrence Markowitz


General Education Requirements: (Refer to the new General Education Model Course Listing).*
  • The student must take at least one course designated as General Education Literature (LIT).
  • The student must take at least one mathematics course from the Mathematics group of courses listed in the Science and Mathematics bank of courses. (Not Computer Literacy).
  • The student must take at least one laboratory science (Lab) course from the listed Science and Mathematics bank of courses.
  • The student must take at least one Multicultural/Global studies (M/G) course. Students can, but aren’t required to take their M/G class within Economics. However Economic Development (ECON 04307), Contemporary Economic Systems (ECON 04320) and Global Economics (ECON04310) do satisfy the M/G bank.
  • The student must take at least one Writing Intensive (WI) course. The required Seminar in Economics is a WI course.
  • All freshmen must take a course designated as Rowan Seminar. Students need to pass a computer competency exam or an appropriate computer competency course by the end of their freshmen year.
  • All students must fulfill the Rowan Experience requirements (please see the checklist).
  • Principles of Economics: A Survey (ECON 04303) cannot counts towards Economics major credit.
Prior to completing an application for graduation, economics majors must first consult with their academic advisor. With the exception of the Non-Program Courses, at least two disciplines (or departments) should be represented in any bank requiring two or more courses. There is no limit on the number of courses from a discipline that can be in a bank as long as at least two disciplines are represented.  Students must earn at least a C- in all required and elective economics courses, and in Calculus T & A or Calculus I. Grade requirements for all economics majors are a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the 36 hours for major courses and an overall GPA of 2.0 for all courses taken at Rowan. Economics majors may use the Pass/No Credit option for only two economics courses at Rowan. These courses are the two introductory courses (ECON 04101 & ECON 04102). Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hrs, with a minimum of 30 in residence, are required for graduation. * These requirements are consistent with the General Education Model Effective Spring 2012. This model applies to all freshmen and transfer students who were declared majors after January 1, 2013.
  • Minor in Economics

    I. Required Courses 6 s.h.

    • ECON 04.101 Introduction to Economics - Macroeconomics
    • ECON 04.102 Introduction to Economics - Microeconomics

    II. Economic Electives 15 s.h.

      The student, in consultation with his/her Economics' advisor, must select the remaining 15 s.h. from the courses offered by the Economics Curriculum. No less than six s.h. must be at the junior/senior level. Principles of Economics: A Survey (ECON04.303) is not counted as a junior/senior level elective course. Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON04.301) and Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON04.302) are strongly recommended.

    Total Credits in Program: 21 s.h.

    Economics Advisor - Dr. Natalie Reaves