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Courses - Curriculum

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 course catalog. The course numbers are also linked to the courses' syllabi.

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.

Courses Offered In Each Concentration:

(For more information on individual courses, you can download the individual syllabi found in the right hand column under "Additional Resources")

International Relations & Comparative Politics

  • PSC 8210: Globalization
  • PSC 8220: International Law
  • PSC 8230: International Organization
  • PSC 8265: Global Inequality
  • PSC 8270: International Political Economy
  • PSC 8320: Russian Politics
  • PSC 8330: African Politics
  • PSC 8340: Middle East Politics
  • PSC 8370: Third World Politics
  • PSC 8380: European Politics

Political Philosophy & Methodology

  • PSC 7000: Research Concepts and Approaches
  • PSC 8450: American Political Theory I: The American Founding
  • PSC 8455: American Political Theory II: The Lincoln/Douglas Debates

American Government

  • PSC 8120: The Presidency
  • PSC 8130: Constitutional Interpretation
  • PSC 8160: Political Communications
  • PSC 8165: Cyberpolitics
  • PSC 8180: National Security Policy
  • PSC 8185: US Intelligence
  • PSC 8190: American Party Politics

Contingent Courses

  • PSC 9078: Thesis Research Problems
  • PSC 9079: Thesis Direction
  • PSC 9080: Thesis Continuation
  • PSC 9800: Readings and Research in Political Science

Abigail Minor
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
Phone: 610.519.4710
Fax: 610.519.7487

International Relations &
Comparitive Politics Syllabi

 Political Philosophy & Methodology Syllabi

American Government Syllabi

Students choose to
complete 10 courses and take a comprehensive oral exam or to complete 8 courses and write a thesis.