Political Theory Track
The Political Theory track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Political theory courses - 15 hours
- Required: POLS 570 History of Political Thought (3 hours)
- 12 hours, chosen from:
- POLS 573 Contemporary Political Ideologies
- POLS 670 American Political Thought
- POLS 671 Leadership and Culture
- WSTD 501 Feminist Theory
- POLS 593 Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School
- POLS 593 Structures of Power/Structures of Thought
- POLS 593 Reason, Virtue, and Politics
- Courses from other departments approved by the Director of Graduate Studies to satisfy this political theory requirement
Political Science electives - 9-15 hours, 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.