The faculty offer a wide range of courses in the political science curriculum. We also periodically update the types of courses we offer to reflect faculty expertise and interests. Our rotation policy ensures that more than 18 different courses will be offered every two years.
All students pursuing the MA in Political Science must complete PSC 7000 Research and Concepts and Approaches and one course from each of the three concentrations: American Government, International Relations and Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy. Students will take their remaining six courses from the three concentrations. A total of thirty credits are required for the degree. Students may take up to six credits outside the department to enroll in courses related to their field of study.
Students interested in the content of specific courses, the nature of assignments and pedagogy of our faculty are invited to click on the various course numbers under "Additional Resources" in the right hand column. The course numbers are linked to the courses' syllabi and provide students with more detailed information of what to expect in our graduate seminars.
The oral comprehensive exam tests the student’s knowledge of course specifics and general themes in political science. Prior to the exam, the student submits to the graduate director a portfolio containing an abstract of each paper written while in the program, a list of courses taken, and at least five discussion questions which may be used during the exam at the discretion of the evaluation committee.
(For more information on individual courses, you can download the individual syllabi found in the right hand column under "Additional Resources")
complete 10 courses and take a comprehensive oral exam, or
complete 8 courses and write a thesis.
International Relations & Comparative Politics Syllabi
Political Philosophy & Methodology Syllabi
American Government Syllabi