Specialization in International Relations


  • Core Courses (9 credits):

26:790:521. Theories of Global Politics
26:790:541. International Political Economy
26:790:569. American Foreign Policy OR
   26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis

  • 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)

26:790:504. Comparative Public Policy
26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis
26:790:511. Contemporary Political Theory
   (courses include Democracy and Citizenship in a Global Era)
26:790:513. Ethics and Global Politics
26:790:518. Topics in Political Theory
   (courses include Modern Political Terrorism; Politics, History and the Arts;
   Peace and War Since 1900; Liberalism, Religion, and   Toleration)
26:790:537. Global Governance
26:790:538. Global Environmental Issues
26:790:540. Gender and Global Politics
26:790:542. Topics in Recent International Relations
   (courses include Evolution of the Global System; Strategic Nonviolent
   Conflict; US Security Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa)
26:790:543, 544. Problems of Comparative Politics
   (courses include Social Movements and Globalization; Comparative Social
26:790:569. American Foreign 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.