Government - Master of Arts
The MA program provides general course work in each of the major fields of political science. Students may choose either the thesis option, under which they complete 30 credits of course work plus 6 thesis credits (POLS 599 Master's Thesis), or the nonthesis option, with 30 credits of course work plus 6 hours of special research credit (POLS 598 Special Research Programs) or 6 hours of approved internship credit (POLS 510 Internship). Both the thesis and nonthesis options require a final oral examination; the non thesis option requires a written examination as well. The program provides a broad-based foundation in political science while allowing students to pursue specific areas of interest.
Flexibility in planning a program of study is permitted to meet the educational needs of a diverse student population. Structured areas of emphasis are available in several topical areas, including Latin American and international affairs. Students may also take a graduate minor in Security Studies. Information on these areas and the graduate minor may be obtained from the Department of Government. No more than 9 credits taken outside the department will be counted toward the degree.
|POLS 502||Research Methods in Government||3|
|or POLS 503||Qualitative Research Methods|
|Select three from the following:||9|
|Seminar in Public Policy||3|
|Seminar in American Politics||3|
|Seminar in International Relations Theory||3|
|Seminar in Comparative Politics||3|
|Seminar in Political Theory||3|
|Seminar Public Law and Legal Systems||3|
|Additional credits subject to advisor approval 1||18|
|Select one from the following:||6|
|Special Research Programs||6|
or POLS 510
The remaining credits required for the degree are selected subject to advisor approval to satisfy particular academic interests or career goals.