2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, PhD

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Shana Gadarian
Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science Department
Seth Jolly
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science Department


All Faculty in PSC

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Present the results of their research and/or analysis of their topic and/or sub-discipline

2. Develop and express issues and ideas in different writing forms that synthesize research and sub-discipline expertise

3. Use quantitative and/or qualitative methods to conduct research

4. Analyze interrelationships between political, economic, social, cultural, and historical forces in the field of political science and two sub-fields

5. Demonstrate the requisite skills needed to apply for jobs in their field

6. Demonstrate expertise as a political science instructor in undergraduate and graduate settings

Program Requirements

In the spring semester of the first year, graduate students in political science are evaluated on the basis of their performance in courses. A student invited to remain in the program to work toward a Ph.D. must complete 42 credits of graduate coursework and 30 dissertation credits, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

Ph.D. students are required to take PSC 691 , PSC 693 , PSC 694 , PSC 792 , and at least one additional methods course approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Once 30 credits of coursework are accumulated, a student working toward the Ph.D. will be eligible for the M.A. Students having done graduate work at another institution may petition to transfer a maximum of 24 credits toward the Ph.D.

Ph.D. students must pass qualifying examinations in two chosen fields of specialization, generally by the end of the third year. Students must also write and defend a doctoral dissertation.

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