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 551 Democratization
- POLS 555 State and Society
- POLS 569 Theories of World Politics
Research Methods - 3 hours. Choose one class from:
- POLS 500 Political Science Quantitative Research Methods
- SOC 560 Research Methodology
- SOC 580 Survey Design and Sampling
- SOC 601 Quantitative I: Applied Inferential Statistics
- PPS 506 Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods
- PPS 535 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Political Science electives
- 15-21 hours of electives, depending on the capstone option, chosen with the advisor's approval
Capstone. Choose from:
- M.A. Thesis (6 hours)
- Internship (6 hours)
- Professional paper (0 hours)
- Comprehensive Exam (0 hours)
All students will 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 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.
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.