Specialization in The American Political System


  • Core Courses (9 credits)

26:790:501. Policy Making in the American Political System
26:790:608. American Political Thought
26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis OR
26:790:512. Ethical Issues in Public Policy and Administration

  • Methodology (3 credits)

26:790:533. Research Methods in Political Science OR
26:790:536. Advanced Research Methods in Political Science

  • Concentration (12 credits from the list below)

26:790:502. Problems of American Government
   (courses include Race, Ethnicity & U.S. Politics, Social Movements in
  American Politics)
26:790:504. Comparative Public Policy
26:790:505,506. Contemporary Constitutional Issues
26:790:509. Introduction to Public Administration
26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis
26:790:511. Contemporary Political Theory
   (courses include Comparative Social Movements, Becoming American:
   Identity & Assimilation, Democracy and Citizenship in a Global Era)
26:790:512. Ethical Issues in Public Policy and Administration
26:790:515. Urban Government and Politics
26:790:516. Urban Public Policy
26:790:518. Topics in Political Theory
   (courses include Modern Political Terrorism, Politics, History, and the Arts,
   Liberalism, Religion, and Toleration)
26:790:529. Science, Technology, and Public Policy
26:790:530. Environmental Politics and Policy
26:790:539. Gender, Politics, and Policy in the United States
26:790:569. American Foreign Policy
26:790:570. Problems of Public Policy
26:790:571. U.S. Politics & Policy
26:790:574: Internship in Political Science

  • Additional Electives (6 credits)

Two additional courses in Politics and International Studies. Courses may also taken from related disciplines (such as History, Global Affairs, and others), subject to the graduate program director’s approval.

  • Comprehensive Examination or Master’s Thesis

The Comprehensive Exam is a take-home essay exam taken in the student’s final semester.  The Master’s Thesis option consists of two consecutive semesters of thesis credits (3 credits each semester), which count toward the 30 credits required for the degree.

Independent Study Projects (26:790:698 Research in Political Science)
Students interested in pursuing independent study projects need to make arrangements with individual professors well in advance of the semester in which they plan to undertake their research.   Normally, professors require that students submit a proposal for a significant research paper. Students should discuss the project with the professor before submitting a proposal. Students must have the professors' approval before registering for 26:790:698 Research in Political Science. Independent study projects are generally not to be used to replace regularly offered classes.