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Requirements for the International Affairs track

The International Affairs track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:

Core courses - 6 hours. Choose two from:

  • POLS 5510 Democratization
  • POLS 5530 Authoritarianism
  • POLS 5550 Politics of Economic Development
  • POLS 5690 Theories of World Politics

Research Methods - 3 hours  

  • POLS 5020 Advanced Topics in Research Methods

Political Theory - 3 hours.* Choose one from:

  • POLS 5730 Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • POLS 5740 Marx's Capital
  • POLS 5750 American Political Thought: Meanings of Citizenship
  • POLS 5760 Feminist Theory
  • POLS 5770 Feminist Epistemologies
  • POLS 5780 Leadership and Culture

Political Science electives

  • 18 hours of electives, 6 of which may be in the form of an internship or MA thesis

Field exam - 0 hours, taken at the start of the final semester of coursework


All students will complete a total of 30 credit hours for the M.A. degree. No more than 12 hours of the M.A. may be taken outside Political Science; no more than 6 hours may be taken at the 4000-level; and no more than 6 hours may be independent study classes or internships.

Some classes have prerequisites. Depending on their undergraduate preparation, students may be required to take specific undergraduate classes prior to enrolling in graduate classes.

Exceptions will be allowed only with the approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the department.

*Students who began the M.A. before Fall 2017 may substitute POLS 5010 Cultural Methods for the Political Theory class.

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