Ph.D. students must select two majors and one minor course area. The major course areas will be the ones in which you will sit for a comprehensive exam. Students must take four courses in that field, which will include the core course for that area (as listed above). For the minor concentration area, students must take three courses in that field, but there is no comprehensive exam.
Course Courses (15 CR)
- POLS 232 Nature & Uses of Political Theory
- POLS 292 Seminar in American Politics
- POLS 227 Introduction to Black Politics
- POLS 204 Approaches to Comparative Politics
- POLS 287 Theories of International Relations
Major and Minor Field Courses (27 CR)
- 18 credits in two chosen major subfields (9 credits for each major subfield)
- 9 credits in a chosen minor subfield
Research Tools (9 CR)
- POLS 217 Methods of Political Science
- POLS 254 Behavioral Research Methods
- POLS 257 / POLS 279 Multivariate Statistics; or Survey Research Method; or a graduate research methods course; or proficiency in a foreign language that a student will use in their scholarly research
Elective Courses (9 CR)
Dissertation (12 CR)
Admission to Candidacy
Students are admitted to formal candidacy by the Graduate School when they have completed the required coursework, passed the qualifying examination, submitted an approved topic for research, and been recommended by the Department. Candidates must also have satisfied the Graduate School writing proficiency requirement and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement.
Admitted students are eligible to compete for Graduate School competitive awards. Graduate research or teaching assistantships may be available at the department level that provide tuition remission and/or a stipend during the academic year. Research assistants and teaching assistants work no more than 20 hours a week under the program's direction, usually in support of faculty research (research assistants) or in support of assigned courses (teaching assistants). Please see the Funding website for more detailed information.