MA Course Descriptions


Below are the general course descriptions for our Masters in Political Science degree.

5013 Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

Required of all graduate students. Presents an introduction to the fundamentals and use of quantitative methods in public administration. Major topics include systematic research in public administration; research design; measurement techniques; and data analysis.

5023 Foundations of Political Science (3 credits)

Overview of the foundational works, theories and approaches that define the discipline of political science and serve as bridges across its subfields.

5103 Research Methods (3 credits)

Overview of research design, including conceptualization and operationalization, literature review, deductive and inductive theorizing, hypothesis testing, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

5203 Proseminar in International Relations (3 credits)

Research on the dynamic and institutions of international politics.

5210 Topics in International Relations (3 credits, max. 6)

A specialty course that explores a particular area within International Relations. The theme for this course varies by semester.

5403 Proseminar in Comparative Politics (3 credits)

The political processes, and governmental institutions of foreign countries.

5410 Topics in Comparative Politics (3 credits, max. 6)

A specialty course that explores a particular area within Comparative Politics. The theme for this course varies by semester.

5703 Proseminar in American Politics (3 credits)

Theories and research in American governmental institutions and political processes.

5710 Topics in American Politics (3 credits, max. 6)

A specialty course that explores a particular area within American Politics. The theme for this course varies by semester.

5810 Seminar in Political Science (3 credits)

A specialty course that explores a particular subfield within political science. The theme for this course varies by semester.