Political Science is central to an understanding of all basic social issues; therefore, an understanding of political life is indispensable for any well-educated person. The department currently offers an undergraduate major, a minor in political science, a minor in public administration, and a graduate program leading to the master's degree.


Areas of political science in which courses are offered include:

  • American Politics and Public Affairs
  • International Relations and Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory

Within each area, major themes are explored (e.g., public policy and administration, political values and change, elite-mass relationships, and political parties and groups).


Students have two options to choose from to fulfill the master’s degree program requirements:

  1. Thirty credit hours of course work, a thesis for six credit hours, and an oral examination, or
  2. Thirty-six credit hours of course work, a written comprehensive examination, and an oral examination.

A student interested in the thirty credit thesis option must secure approval of the department. Only students who have demonstrated high proficiency in various aspects of graduate studies (writing, discussion, analysis, creativity, etc.) will be permitted to write a thesis.


Career Options

The M.A. in Political Science opens up career options in areas such as:

  • teaching/instructing (community college levels)
  • federal and other government agencies
  • public administration
  • non-profit organizations
  • doctoral studies and research
  • community development
  • international organizations and foreign services


Degree Requirements

For students admitted to Master’s Programs, all graduate credits must be at the 400 level, except for a limited number of 300 level courses specifically approved for graduate degree credits in a given Master’s degree program. Departments may permit students to apply up to three of these 300 level courses, to a maximum of ten credit hours, to fulfill program requirements. This policy applies to all students. Consult with your program advisor or the College of Graduate Studies & Research for details.

Students must select one area of emphasis from the following:

  • American Politics and Public Affairs
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory

Students are required to take:

PSCI-401 Classics Of Political Science 3
PSCI-402 Research Methods In Political Science* 3
Five courses in the area of emphasis, including a 400-level seminar or a thesis seminar. 15
Three courses selected from a second area. 9
Two elective courses from any area of emphasis. 6
Total Hours 36

* If possible before graduate seminar courses.

Students should consult with the graduate advisor before taking their courses.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 18, 2018
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