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M.A. Political Science

The Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science is offered by the Humanities Department.  This degree strongly emphasizes research and analysis in political science, administrative theory, and governmental institutions as preparation for those students planning additional graduate study at the doctoral level.

M.A. Political Science Non-Thesis Option

Program Requirements

Required Courses
PLSK 500Pol Science Rsrch Methods3
PLSK 501Political Decision-Making3
PLSK 505American Politics3
PLSK 506Comparative Politics3
PLSK 507International Relations3
PLSK 577Comprehensive Exam0
Other Degree Requirements
Approved graduate level Political Science electives and/or optional support field selected in consultation with graduate coordinator 121
Total Semester Credit Hours36

M.A. Political Science Thesis Option

Program Requirements

Required Courses
PLSK 500Pol Science Rsrch Methods3
PLSK 501Political Decision-Making3
PLSK 505American Politics3
PLSK 506Comparative Politics3
PLSK 507International Relations3
PLSK 588Thesis6
Other Degree Requirements
Approved graduate level Political Science electives and/or optional support field selected in consultation with graduate coordinator 115
Total Semester Credit Hours36
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 Note:  Only 12 hours can come from a support field.

Required Courses

PLSK 500. Pol Science Rsrch Methods. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to elements of research design and statistical analysis. Topics covered include hypothesis-testing, reliability and validity, measures of association, linear regression, and maximum likelihood estimation.

PLSK 501. Political Decision-Making. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to formal models of political decision-making, including game theory, spatial voting models, decision theory, and collective social choice.

PLSK 505. American Politics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This core graduate seminar examines basic approaches to the study of American Politics, including major works and recent research on this topic.

PLSK 506. Comparative Politics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This core graduate seminar examines basic approaches to the study of comparative politics and government, including major works and recent research on this topic.

PLSK 507. International Relations. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This core graduate seminar examines basic approaches to the study of the politics of international relations, including major works and recent research on the topic.

PLSK 588. Thesis. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Scheduled when student is ready to begin thesis. No credit until thesis is accepted.

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