Cultivating Future Leaders

Students examine politics at every level: local, state, national, international and global. Applying a wide variety of methodological skills and theoretical perspectives in order to develop a broad understanding of political institutions and processes, political cultures and political actors.

Department of Political Science

Admission Requirements

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Major Requirements

Students enjoy experiential learning in many of their courses, including Congressional simulations, mock trials, and creative problem-solving in foreign policy. Courses are offered in every subfield of political science: American politics, comparative politics, constitutional law, public policy, political theory and international relations.

Career Outlook

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Job growth projected through 2030*


Median annual salary for political scientists*

The White House

Washington Semester Program

The program gives students the opportunity to study and work in the nation’s capital.

From Lecture Halls to the Halls of Power

Studying political science and the liberal arts will give students the skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, and problem-solving that will serve them well in any career. More and more business leaders, including Rider alumni, report that they seek precisely these skills in potential employees. Graduates in political science pursue a wide range of careers and public service opportunities, as well as advanced study.

Common Careers

  • Local and national politics and government
  • International politics and IGOs (international governmental organizations)
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Peace Corps and Teach for America
  • Graduate degrees from the Bush School at Texas A&M, the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Rutgers Law School, and more
Jonathan Chebra, Class of 2009
I’ve always had an interest in politics. But Rider gave me the ability and the resources to pursue that goal. Without Rider University, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Jonathan Chebra
Class of 2009
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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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All Politics is Local

The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics is dedicated to public service and scholarly analysis of government, public policy, campaigns and elections in New Jersey. The Institute is a dynamic and creative home where students can network, study and gain practical experience in New Jersey politics. An integral component of the Institute's success is the active participation of Rider students, including research projects, internships, service learning, job placement and overall career development.

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Accelerate Your Degree

Beyond the Political Science major, the department also offers majors in Health Care Policy and Global Studies; as well as minors in Homeland Security Studies, Global Studies and Political Communication. With Rider’s 4+1 opportunity, we offer a master’s degree in Homeland Security for Rider undergraduate students in one additional (fifth) year of study.

Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for political science?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.


Political Science (B.A.)

Olivia Newman

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Fine Arts Building

onewman [at]

(609) 896-5268

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