Undergraduate Education

Eagleton helps Rutgers University undergraduate 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 Undergraduate Education Programs

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

Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program

Eagleton Undergraduate Associates learn about real-world politics and government from experienced practitioners and faculty. Rutgers University juniors from any school or major are eligible to apply for this selective three-semester certificate program.  Deadline for the 2024-2025 cohort closes on October 23rd.

Courses taught at Eagleton

Fall 2023

Intro to Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20am – 11:40am
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (01:790:292:01-09691)

Honors Seminar: Malcom X and American Empire: 1946-1965
10:20 – 1:20pm
Instructor: Saladin Ambar
Course number: (01:090:293-06367)

Undergraduate Associate Internship
5:40 – 8:40pm
Instructor: Francine Newsome Pfeiffer
Course number: (01:790:481:02-09748)

Federal Prosecution: The Justice Department
10:20 – 1:20pm
Instructor: Elie Honig
Course number: (01:790:349:01-09724)

Race, Gender and American Politics
2:00 – 5:00pm
Instructor:  Paru Shah
Course number: (790:395:06-09739)

Political Campaigning
5:40 – 8:40pm
Instructor: Michael DuHaime and Sarah Kozak
Course number: (01:790:301:01-09701)

The American Governor: Dealing with Disaster
10:20 – 11:40am
Instructor: Kris Shields
Course number: (090:101:28-06026)

Research in Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20 – 1:20pm
Carriage House
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (01:790:484:03-09756)

Advanced Studies Law II
12:10 – 3:10pm
Instructor: Milt Heumann
Course number: (01:790:411:H1-09745)

Intro to Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20am – 11:40am
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (01:790:292:01-09691)

Darien Civic Engagement Project
12:10 – 1:30pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Matto
Course number: (01:790:250:01 09684)

Talking Politics
2:00 – 3:20pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Matto
Course number: (090:101:38-19185)

Legislative Policymaking
9:00 – 12:00pm
Instructor: Richard Bagger
Course number: (34:833:520:01-18132)

Perspectives on American Politics
1:00 – 4:00pm
Instructors: Missy Balmir and Amanda DePalma
Course number: (16:790:595:01-16407)

More Ways to Study Politics

Aresty Research Assistant Program
Eagleton faculty regularly work with undergraduate students through the Rutgers University Aresty Research Assistant Program.

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.

Darien Civic Engagement Project
Undergraduate students earn Political Science course credits and gain practical experience in civic education as well as voter registration, education, and mobilization.

First Year Interest Groups (FIGS)
First Year Interest Group seminars are available in a wide variety of topic areas to incoming Rutgers students. Peer Instructors: to schedule an information session with Eagleton faculty and staff, contact Sarah Kozak at

NEW Leadership®
NEW Leadership® is CAWP’s national initiative to educate and empower the next generation of women leaders. NEW Leadership® teaches college women the value of civic engagement and encourages them to see themselves as empowered leaders who can effectively participate in politics and public policy.

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 Ready
A civic engagement initiative, Rutgers undergraduates work with local high school students to build civic, political, and expressive skills needed to address public problems in their communities.

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.

Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program
The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $6,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses.

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.