Graduate Education

Eagleton helps Rutgers University graduate students link the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. Students learn about how American politics and government work and change and build practical skills for political engagement.

About Eagleton Graduate Education Programs

Eagleton offers a variety of programs for Rutgers graduate students who are interested in learning more about the day-to-day practice of politics. From fellowships, to research opportunities, and leadership training—there are many ways graduate students can get involved.

Eagleton Graduate Fellowship in Politics and Government

The Eagleton Fellowship offers select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics. All Rutgers graduate students are eligible to apply for this one-year, interdisciplinary certificate program.

Courses taught at Eagleton

Fall 2019 Graduate Course Schedule:

Legislative Policy Making – Mondays, 2:15-4:55PM
Instructor: Richard Bagger
Course number: (34:833:520:01‐02497) 20
This seminar is designed to give students who are interested in the politics of policymaking a sense of how policies are adopted in the American political system. The focus is on the states, and mainly on governors and legislatures, the principal policymaking institutions. To examine policymaking in the states, we will be looking at the individuals who play the major roles, the groups in which people are organized and through which they engage, the political institutions in our separation-of-powers system, and the processes by which policies are determined (including legislative representation, lobbying, agenda setting, issue campaigning, etc.) Among the factors to be considered are the personal characteristics and motivations of policymakers, the organization of policymaking institutions, legislative and executive agenda setting, the variation of institutions and processes from state to state, and the effectiveness of policymaking systems. The course will consider governors and legislatures throughout the nation; however, guest practitioners will give students a special look at policymaking in New Jersey. In exploring the subject, we will make use of weekly readings, seminar discussions, conversations with guest practitioners, case studies, videos, and writing assignments.

Perspectives on American Politics – Fridays, 2:00-3:00PM
Instructor: Adjunct faculty Joseph V. Doria, Jr. and Peter McDonough, Jr.
Course number: (16:790:595:01‐16597) 19 

Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop (ESPW)

ESPW is a collaborative initiative that enables graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to explore intersections between science and politics in order to increase their understanding of how politics affects their disciplines and how they can effectively engage with political and policymaking leaders and institutions. 

The workshop series aims to make connections and  improve communication between scientists and policy-makers, as well as to expand the pool of scientifically trained graduates interested in public service careers.


Rutgers graduate students have the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects happening at Eagleton.

Explore research opportunities at the Center for American Women and Politics, the Center for Youth Political Participation, and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling.

More Ways to Study Politics

Attend an Event
The Eagleton Institute presents an annual event series designed to promote civil discourse that celebrates democracy, respects politics, and encourages civic engagement.

Ready to Run®
Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office. Rutgers students can apply for a scholarship to attend.

RU Voting
A non-partisan effort, RU Voting encourages Rutgers students to pay attention to politics, register to vote, and turn out on Election Day. 

RU Running
A training program for politically interested college students considering running for public office or interested in working on a campaign.

Young Elected Leaders Project
Launched in 2002 with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP) studies and works with young people who run for public office.