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.

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 8000: International Law
  • PSC 8825: Middle East Politics
  • PSC 8875: Latin American Politics
  • PSC 8901: Russian Politics
  • PSC 8950: African Politics
  • PSC 9000: Theories of International Relations
  • PSC 9025: International Political Economy
  • PSC 9050: International Organization
  • PSC 9075: European Politics
  • PSC 9150: American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 9200: Middle Eastern International Relations
  • PSC 9231: Development and Aid
  • PSC 9300: Third World Politics
  • PSC 9325: Comparative Elections and Parties
  • PSC 8700: Globalization
  • PSC 8775: Global Inequality

Political Philosophy & Methodology

  • PSC 7000: Research Concepts and Approaches
  • PSC 9375: American Political Theory I: The American Founding
  • PSC 9450: American Political Theory II: The Lincoln/Douglas Debates

American Government

  • PSC 8000: US Intelligence
  • PSC 8100: The Legislative Branch
  • PSC 8150: The Presidency
  • PSC 8200: The Judicial Branch
  • PSC 8240: National Security Policy
  • PSC 8300: American Party Politics
  • PSC 8350: Political Communications
  • PSC 8375: Cyberpolitics
  • PSC 8600: Constitutional Problems

Contingent Courses

  • PSC 8000: Special Topics in Political Science
  • PSC 9061: Thesis Pro-Seminar
  • PSC 9080: Thesis Continuation
  • PSC 9800: Readings and Research in Political Science

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

Students may do either of the following:

complete 10 courses and take a comprehensive oral exam, or

complete 8 courses and write a thesis.

Additional Resources

International Relations & Comparative Politics Syllabi

 Political Philosophy & Methodology Syllabi

American Government Syllabi