- Graduate Programs
- Master of Arts in Political Science
- Why a SLU MA?
- Career Opportunities
- Who should apply?
- American Politics
- Public Policy
- International Affairs
- Gender and Politics
- Political Theory
- Capstone Project
- Cognate Field
- Master of Public Administration
- The Dual M.P.A./M.A. in Political Science Program
- Dual J.D./M.A. in Political Science
- Dual J.D./M.P.A
- Dual M.S.W./M.P.A
- Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy
- Global and Local Social Justice Minor
- How to apply
- Paying for graduate school
- Forms and Procedures
Political Theory Track
The Political Theory track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Required core course - 3 hours
- POLS 593 History of Political Thought
Research methods - 3 hours
- POLS 501 Cultural Methods: Gender, Politics, and Power
Other required courses - 12 hours. Choose from:
- POLS 573 Contemporary Political Ideologies
- POLS 576 / WGS 501 Feminist Theory
- POLS 577 / WGS 502 Feminist Epistemologies
- POLS 670 American Political Thought
- POLS 671 Leadership and Culture
- POLS 593 Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School
- POLS 593 Citizenship and Bodies
- POLS 593 Marx's Capital
- Courses from other departments approved by the Director of Graduate Studies to satisfy this political theory requirement
Political Science electives - 6-12 hours, depending on capstone choice, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.
Capstone - 1-6 hours, chosen from:
- M.A. Thesis (6 hours)
- With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, an appropriate 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 credit hours of classes plus the 6 credit-hour capstone. 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.
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.