The Political Theory track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Required core course - 3 hours
Research methods - 3 hours
Other required courses - 12 hours. Choose from:
Political Science electives - 6-12 hours, depending on capstone choice, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.
Capstone - 1-6 hours, chosen from:
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.