Requirements for the American Politics track
The American Politics track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Core courses - 9 hrs.
- POLS 511 American Political Institutions
- POLS 670 American Political Thought
- POLS 500 Political Science Quantitative Research Methods OR SOC 560 Research Methodology
Other required courses - 9 hrs.
- SOC 601 Interferential Statistics or other quantitative methods course
- Two more American Politics or Public Policy courses
Political Science electives
- 6 - 12 hours electives, depending on capstone choice
- MA Thesis (6 hrs.)
- Internship (6 hrs.)
- Professional paper (0 hrs.)
- Comprehensive exam (0 hrs.)
All students must complete a total of 30 credit hours for the M.A. degree. If a student selects a capstone option involving less than 6 credit hours, he or she will take additional courses to bring the total to 30 hours.
No more than 12 hours of the M.A. may be taken outside the Political Science department; no more than 6 hours may be taken at the 400-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 Director of Graduate Studies for the department.