Political Science MA/MS

Graduate students seeking the Master of Arts degree in Political Science must demonstrate language proficiency.  This can be accomplished with 12 semester hours (four courses) in one foreign language, 6 semester hours (above elementary courses) if 2 years of high school credit in the language have been submitted as part of the regular university admission requirements, 3 semester hours if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit, or American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language.  Students should consult with departmental Director of Graduate School regarding this requirement if the undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts.

Those graduate students seeking the Master of Science degree in Political Science must demonstrate analytical, statistical, & mathematical competencies through any combination of 9 hours undergraduate and/or graduate courses beyond those required for the degree with departmental advisor approval of courses. 

Master of Arts/Master of Science in Political Science - Option I Thesis

Ten course program to be completed (30 semester hours)

Thesis
PSCI 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Research Methods
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 512Qual Res Methods3
PSCI 540Applied Data Analysis for Political Science3
Comparative Politics
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 503GLB/Proseminar in Comp Pol3
PSCI 504GLB/Sem in Area Studies3
International Relations
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 506GLB/Proseminar in IR3
PSCI 508GLB/Foreign Policy3
American Government and Politics
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 509Prosem in Am Gov Pol3
PSCI 510Sem in Am Pol Beh3
PSCI 511Sem in Am Pol Inst3
Political Theory
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 513Prosem in Pol Theory3
Electives
Students may choose any of the courses above not used to satisfy foundational requirement in addition to any of the following courses for a total of 9 semester credit hours.
PSCI 505GLB/Topics Comp Pol3
PSCI 507GLB/Selected Topics in IR3
PSCI 514GLB/Ideology of Third Reich3
PSCI 515GLB/Select Topics Holocaust3
PSCI 522GLB/Holocaust and Genocide3
PSCI 597Special Topics3
PSCI 541Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy3
Total Hours30

Master of Arts in Political Science - Option II Non-Thesis

Twelve course program to be completed (36 semester hours)

Political Science Research Methods
Required
PSCI 595Research Project (3 semester hours required)3
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 512Qual Res Methods3
PSCI 540Applied Data Analysis for Political Science3
Comparative Politics
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 503GLB/Proseminar in Comp Pol3
PSCI 504GLB/Sem in Area Studies3
International Relations
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 506GLB/Proseminar in IR3
PSCI 508GLB/Foreign Policy3
American Government
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 509Prosem in Am Gov Pol3
PSCI 510Sem in Am Pol Beh3
PSCI 511Sem in Am Pol Inst3
Political Theory
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 513Prosem in Pol Theory3
Political Science Electives
15 semester hours (5 electives) in Political Science
PSCI 505GLB/Topics Comp Pol3
PSCI 507GLB/Selected Topics in IR3
PSCI 515GLB/Select Topics Holocaust3
PSCI 522GLB/Holocaust and Genocide3
PSCI 541Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy3
PSCI 597Special Topics3
Elective
3 semester hours any Graduate Level Course3
Total Hours36

Master of Science in Political Science - Option II  Non-Thesis

General Track

Political Science Research Methods
9 semester hours required
PSCI 595Research Project (3 semester hours required)3
PSCI 512Qual Res Methods3
PSCI 540Applied Data Analysis for Political Science3
Comparative Politics
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 503GLB/Proseminar in Comp Pol3
PSCI 504GLB/Sem in Area Studies3
International Relations
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 506GLB/Proseminar in IR3
PSCI 508GLB/Foreign Policy3
American Government
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 509Prosem in Am Gov Pol3
PSCI 510Sem in Am Pol Beh3
PSCI 511Sem in Am Pol Inst3
Political Theory
3 semester hours (1 course) from:
PSCI 513Prosem in Pol Theory3
Political Science Electives
12 semester hours (4 electives) in Political Science
PSCI 505GLB/Topics Comp Pol3
PSCI 507GLB/Selected Topics in IR3
PSCI 514GLB/Ideology of Third Reich3
PSCI 515GLB/Select Topics Holocaust3
PSCI 516GLB/The Holocaust3
PSCI 541Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy3
PSCI 597Special Topics3
Courses outside of Political Science Department
3 semester hours (1 elective) outside the Political Science Department3
Total Hours36

Master of Science in Political Science - Option II  Non-Thesis

History Track

Research
PSCI 595Research Project (3 semester hours required)3
Required Support Courses
(6 semester hours)
HIST 590Historiography and Historical Theory3
HIST 591Historical Research and Writing Methods3
Political Science Courses
(15 sh of graduate-level Political Science courses.15
Graduate level History Courses
(12 sh) of any graduate level courses in History.12
Total Hours36

PSCI 502 - Res., Con, Appr Pol Sci
Hours: 3
Research, Concepts and Approaches in Political Science - Three semester hours The formulation and justification of research questions and the research design. An examination of the major qualitative research approaches such as case studies, comparative historical, institutional, etc. The course aims to teach students the basic methods and reasoning procedures for conducting advanced research in political science.

PSCI 503 - GLB/Proseminar in Comp Pol
Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to some of the dominant issues in contemporary comparative politics. The emphasis will be on important concepts, theories, and debates in the field. Topics to be covered include: modernization and political development, state/society relations, regime theory, rebellion and revolution, comparative political economy and development and the politics of institution design

PSCI 504 - GLB/Sem in Area Studies
Hours: 3
This course examines the institutions and processes of the major regions of the world: Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

PSCI 505 - GLB/Topics Comp Pol
Hours: 3
This course is a focused and thorough analysis of a number of topics on global issues with a particular emphasis on the problems and challenges facing the developing world. Topics can include such issues as trade and political development, emerging economies, democracy and democratic theory, political socialization, refugees and IDPs, women and development, human rights, environmental challenges, and political violence. Some topics will be approached generally or regionally while others will utilize case studies. e.g., Grameen Bank. It may be repeated as topics change.

PSCI 506 - GLB/Proseminar in IR
Hours: 3
This course provides students with a critical assessment of the major theories and concepts which define international relations as a field of study. It has two goals. The first is an in-depth analysis of explanatory theories such as realism, idealism, structuralism, neo-liberalism, interdependence, functionalism and of core concepts such as sovereignty, national interest, collective security, and balance of power. The second goal is an examination of the historical evolution of international systems, with focus on the modern state system and the Cold War period. Special attention is given to the processes and institutions (e.g. international law, United Nations, NGOs, international civil society) that contribute to conflict resolution and international cooperation. The objective of this course is to provide the foundations (conceptual, historical, theoretical) that graduate students in International Relations need as a preparation for the curriculum's more specialized and advanced courses. Pre-requisites : PSCI 502

PSCI 507 - GLB/Selected Topics in IR
Hours: 3
This course is a focused and thorough analysis of a number of topics broadly addressing international security, international political economy, and international organizations. Topics can include such issues as causes of war, the balance of power, alliances, humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping, states and markets, power and wealth, the nature of conflict and cooperation, and the role of international institutions and organizations. May be repeated as topics vary.

PSCI 508 - GLB/Foreign Policy
Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to foreign policy analysis in comparative perspective. It is a survey and critique of the theoretical approaches to understanding foreign policy including the determinants of foreign policy and decision making models along with empirical analysis of selected country case studies in foreign policy.

PSCI 509 - Prosem in Am Gov Pol
Hours: 3
Proseminar in American Government and Politics - Three semester hours This graduate seminar provides an introduction to, and overview of, some of the most important research in the various sub-fields of American government and politics. It is designed to be the first graduate course on American politics that students take. It is intended to be broad in scope and to provide a theoretical, methodological, and substantive foundation for further study of American politics.

PSCI 510 - Sem in Am Pol Beh
Hours: 3
Seminar in American Political Behavior - Three semester hours This seminar focuses on current research on American political behavior. It examines topics such as public opinion, and political participation, and may give particular attention to electoral politics and voting behavior. The antecedents of opinions and participation are analyzed along with the consequences and implications of people’s opinions and behavioral patterns. Methods of studying these phenomena are critically assessed. May be repeated as topics vary.

PSCI 511 - Sem in Am Pol Inst
Hours: 3
Seminar in American Political Institutions - Three semester hours This seminar focuses on current research on American political institutions. It examines topics including legislatures, elected executives, bureaucracies, and judicial institutions. Among the subjects that may receive consideration are methods of election or appointment, decision-making processes, and policy outcomes. Methods of studying these topics are critically assessed. May be repeated as topics vary.

PSCI 512 - Qual Res Methods
Hours: 3
Qualitative Research Methods - Three semester hours This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and methods of qualitative research. It examines some of the main methods used by qualitative researchers in the social sciences such as participant observation, interviewing, archival research, and historical analysis.

PSCI 513 - Prosem in Pol Theory
Hours: 3
Proseminar in Political Theory - Three semester hours The pro-seminar in political theory studies and contributes to the ever-evolving dialogue about the ultimate realities that shape political life and the ultimate principles that should guide it. Animated by the Socratic spirit, this dialogue has been carried on by secular and religious thinkers, non-Western as well as Western. Central to political theory is a sustained inquiry into the nature of justice, and into the fundamental needs, both spiritual and material, of humanity in general and of particular groups. Political theory seeks to evaluate the contrasting conceptions of justice and of the good life that have been advanced by different thinkers and societies, critically examining the most important rival regimes or constitutional structures that have been promoted as best fulfilling humanity’s truest political needs and goals. At the same time, political theory wrestles with urgent issues confronting contemporary society. Political theory draws on, contributes to, interrogates, and sometimes criticizes the research agendas of social scientists employing contemporary empirical research methods

PSCI 514 - GLB/Ideology of Third Reich
Hours: 3
This course is an in-depth examination of the origins and dynamics of the ideology of the Third Reich. Among these dynamics the course examines religious secularization alongside the “sacralization of politics’ during the Third Reich. Readings and discussion uncover how concepts such as race, blood, soil, state, nation and Führer were incorporated into the sphere of faith, salvation, sacredness and myth which led these notions to acquire absolute meaning within the German ideological realm. Within this ideology, Jews came to be characterized as the enemy of all that this ideology sought to achieve and negate.

PSCI 515 - GLB/Select Topics Holocaust
Hours: 3
This course takes a more in-depth look at selected topics on the Holocaust. Selected topics courses will vary and each will explore in detail topics and themes among the following: Holocaust Perpetrators; Jewish Life in the Ghettos; Concentration/Extermination Camps; Jewish Resistance; Women and the Holocaust; Bystanders and Rescuers; The Holocaust through Diaries/Memoirs/Letters; The Nuremberg Tribunals and Holocaust Accountability. May be repeated as topics vary.

PSCI 516 - GLB/The Holocaust
Hours: 3
This course is an extensive overview of the destruction of European Jewry from 1933 to 1945. It examines political, economic, and social conditions in Germany following World War I leading to the rise of the National Socialist Party and their consolidation of power paving the way for the Holocaust. It also examines the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany first by understanding traditional forms of anti-Judaism and its evolution into modern anti-Semitism. This course also focuses on Nazi propaganda and the persecution of German Jews between 1933 and 1938 and fate of all European Jews beginning in 1939 until 1944. It studies the “Final Solution” and concludes with an examination of the persecution of non-Jews in the Third Reich.

PSCI 518 - Thesis
Hours: 3-6
Thesis The student will work on the thesis under the supervision of an adviser in the department of Political Science and an advisory committee. The Thesis will include the development of a prospectus, collection, analysis and interpretation of data and the final writing of the thesis. To be scheduled only with the consent of the department and no credit will be assigned until the thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Pre-requisites : Successful completion of the department's oral examination

PSCI 522 - GLB/Holocaust and Genocide
Hours: 3
This course places the Holocaust and other cases of genocide in the 20th century in a comparative and cultural context. The course examines the various factors that cause genocide, the theoretical and legal debates over labeling genocides, the importance of survivor testimony in documenting genocide along with the role of the international community in responding to acts of genocide.

PSCI 523 - Holocaust Genocide Educ
Hours: 3
The Holocaust and Genocide Education - Three semester hours This course begins with an examination of the development of Holocaust education and early Holocaust educators in the United States. It also is designed to provide political and historical context of the Holocaust to facilitate instructional strategies. It also is an in depth examination of the various pedagogical methods and curriculum materials available for teaching the Holocaust and genocide. It also examines the numerous resources available for teachers to facilitate the development of curriculum materials for middle, secondary, and post-secondary education on the Holocaust and genocide. Pre-requisites : PSCI 516

PSCI 540 - Applied Data Analysis for Political Science
Hours: 3
This course introduces students to three important and related topics of political methodology: research design, data analysis, and statistical inference. Students will be exposed to a number of important topics from these three categories so that they can become informed consumers as well as producers of quantitative political science research.

PSCI 541 - Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy
Hours: 3
This course considers the various theoretical and empirical explanations for federal public policy making in the United States. The course focuses on two important components: introducing students to the important scholarly theories of how public policy is defined, constructed, implemented, and evaluated; and then studying the applications of these theories to specific roles of important political actors and institutions in the policy-making process.

PSCI 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 3
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

PSCI 595 - Research Project
Hours: 3
Research Project - Three semester hours Required of students in Option II. This course requires the preparation of a research design on a topic agreed upon by the student and instructor.

PSCI 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Special Topics - Three semester hours May be repeated as topics vary.