Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Courses
POLS 8000Topics in Research Design3
POLS 8001Political Statistics I3
Select three of the following four subfield core courses:9
POLS 8101
Government in American Society
POLS 8201
Comparative Politics
POLS 8301
International Politics
POLS 8401
Introduction to Political Theory
Select two elective courses taken in each of two main fields and one in a third minor field. 115
Total Credit Hours30

Students should consult with their faculty advisor on course selection and exam preparation. Those who plan to continue into the Ph.D. program should take two elective courses in each of the two fields in which they plan to complete written comprehensive exams and one in a third minor field. Students are also allowed to complete their fifth elective by registering for POLS 8002 Qualitative Research Methods or POLS 8003 Political Statistics II.

Culminating Events:
Seminar Paper:
The seminar paper requirement is met by completing the coursework required in POLS 8000 Topics in Research Design. Students must submit the seminar paper, with the instructors' comments and grades, to the Graduate Chair. The Graduate Chair must certify that these papers meet the seminar paper requirement (i.e., contain arguments grounded in extensive reference to relevant secondary and/or primary sources). Such certification must be granted before the degree is awarded.