Requirements for the Gender and Politics Track
The Gender and Politics Track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Core courses - 9 hours
- Feminist theory
- Feminist epistemology
- Gender and American politics
Other required courses in gender or race - 6 hours. Choose from:
- Women and the Law
- American Race Relations
- Gender, Development and Sustainability
- Leadership and Culture
Research Methods - 3 hours. Choose from:
- POLS 500 Political Science Quantitative Research Methods
- WSTD 501 Qualitative Research Methods
- SOC 560 Research Methodology
- PPS 506 Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods
- PPS 535 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Political Science electives
- 6-12 hours of electives, depending on the capstone option, chosen with the advisor's approval
- Courses from outside Political Science and Women's Studies require approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Capstone. Chose one option from:
- M.A. Thesis (6 hours)
- Internship (6 hours)
- Professional paper - typically done by developing a course paper (0 hours)
- Comprehensive exam (0 hours)
All students need 30 credit hours for the degree; hence the first two capstone options require 24 hours of classes plus the 6 credit-hour sequence. The last two options require a full 30 hours of classes. All M.A. programs must have an oral exam conducted by three faculty members. For Political Science, this exam will be tailored to fit each of the capstone options.
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 400-level; and no more than 6 hours may be independent study classes or internships (9 is the student chooses the Capstone Internship option).
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