Two degree options exist: (1) the Non-Thesis option is intended for students seeking broad knowledge of the field of political science, and who may wish to complement that knowledge with additional course work, and intensive reading within the discipline. (2) the Thesis option is designed especially, but not exclusively, for students contemplating doctoral study, and those desiring advanced competence in research skills. Students choosing either option are advised to complete a graduate level research methods course; those choosing the Thesis option, will, with rare exception, be expected to complete such a course before beginning thesis research. Non-thesis option requires the student to take comprehensive final exams.
- Required Courses—18 hours
POLS 5300 Seminar in Scope and Methods
POLS 5311 Seminar in American Government
POLS 5321 Seminar in Political Theory
POLS 5331 Seminar in Comparative Politics
POLS 5341 Seminar in International Relations
PADM 5397 Advanced Statistical Analysis (an equivalent course OR the passing of a language proficiency exam may be substituted subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.)
- Approved Electives
Thesis option—12 hours
Non-thesis option—18 hours
Where appropriate, graduate courses from other disciplines may apply toward your electives, with the approval of your advisor.
- Thesis (POLS 5395, 5396)—6 hours
These courses are pass/fail and taken in conjunction with research of the thesis and the writing and defense of the thesis respectively. The thesis will be in an area of faculty expertise. A three-person committee, which shall include at least two political science faculty (one of whom will chair the committee) shall direct the thesis.