political Science department

  • Major Requirements
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    • Candidates for the degree of Master of Arts with specialization in Political Science must complete either

      (1) a mini- mum of 30 course credits in Political Science plus six credits of thesis supervi- sion (Political Science 707, 708), includ- ing the submission of a completed thesis; or

      (2) a minimum of 36 credits, of which six may be in a related field, and pass a comprehensive examination in two sub- fields after the completion of 24 credits in Political Science. Social Science 511 is required.

      In addition, a candidate for the M.A. in Political Science is required to com- plete the following four courses as early as possible:
      Political Science 505 Foundations of Political Theory
      Political Science 613 Comparative Politics
      Political Science 630 The American Constitution and Political System
      Political Science 638 International Relations

      A candidate may be exempted from any of the required courses only if the Department is fully satisfied that the stu- dent has attained the equivalent level of proficiency in the subject.

      Candidates should develop concentra- tions in at least two of the following sub- fields:

      American Political Institutions and Practices: Political Science 520, 521, 522, 546, 575, 603, 604, 605, 606, 630*, 631, 632, 635, 637, 674, 705, 706

      Comparative Politics and Political Theory: Political Science 505*, 508, 509, 573, 613*, 614, 664, 665, 668, 670

      International Affairs: Political Science 547, 577, 578, 638*, 640, 641, 642, 644

      Public Affairs, Criminal Justice and Policy Analysis: Political Science 510, 546, 571, 572, 603, 605, 672, 673, 705, 706

      *Required of all M.A. candidates in Political Science.