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Areas of Emphases

Students may wish to complete a particular set of courses that highlight their area of interest while fulfilling the requirement for their MA in political science. While not required, these tailored courses can help demonstrate a learning focus for future employment or an advanced degree.

Thesis Track: The Master of Arts degree consists of 27 hours of political science course work (nine of which can be in a field related to political science, with prior approval from the M.A. Director), including 6 hours of thesis.

Non-Thesis Track: Those wishing to pursue the non-thesis option must take 36 hours of course work (nine of which can be in a field related to political science, with prior approval from the M.A. Director). This includes the completion of a written comprehensive exam in the final semester.

 

POLITICAL THEORY :: COMPARATIVE POLITICS

AMERICAN POLITICS :: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 

Political Theory

Using historical and problem-based approaches, the emphasis in political theory provides an emphasis on the philosophy of liberalism and its critics, as well as on the theory and practice of democracy. Additionally, students will explore social contract theory, the roots of American constitutionalism, and the crisis of modernity.

Comparative Politics

An emphasis in comparative politics provides students with a global examination of the political field. Students will study different types of institutional systems from around the world, including economic and social organizations, political cultures, as well as the varying governmental and constitutional structures.

American Politics

American Politics is the study of the main branches of the American government, and its theoretical and constitutional foundations. In these courses, students will examine American political culture, the influence of social and economic interest on politics, and political ideology.

International Relations

International relations students will examine the mechanisms of global power, order, and change. Students will engage in the theoretical and concrete traditions of international relations in order to better understand the complex issues constituting international politics and organization, such as diplomacy, war and peace, international law, and economic development.

 

All Political Science majors are required to complete PS 5301: Approaches to the Study of Political Science.

 

THEORY EMPHASIS

PS 5310           Studies in Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy

PS 5311           Social Contract Theory          

PS 5312           Roots of American Constitutionalism

PS 5313           Justice and Liberty in American Thought              

PS 5315           Contemporary Perspectives in Modern Liberalism

PS 5316           Crisis of Liberalism and the Future of Democracy

PS 5317           Theological Perspectives on Modern Democracy

PS 5318           The Problem of Power and the Crisis of Modernity

PS 5330B        Tocqueville and American Democracy

 

AMERICAN EMPHASIS

PS 5317           Theological Perspectives in Modern Theology

PS 5332           Problems in American Foreign Relations

PS 5334           Texas Politics

PS 5335           Role of Interests in America

PS 5336           Property, Liberty, and Popular Sovereignty

PS 5337           American Political Culture

PS 5338           Cultural Discourse of American Politics

PS 5339           The American Presidency

PS 5340           Congress and the Legislative Process

PS 5341           Seminar in Constitutional Law and Theory

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS EMPHASIS

PS 5330A        Nuclear Weapons in International Politics
or
PS 5358           Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Perspective


PS 5330C        Party Systems in Latin America
or
PS 5356           The British Political Order Since 1990
or
PS 5357           Russian Politics and Josef Stalin
or
PS 5361           Government and Politics of African States


PS 5332           Problems in American Foreign Relations

PS 5375           Seminar in International Relations Theory

PS 5377           Problems in International Organization

PS 5378           Problems in International Law


PS 5379           Seminar in International Political Economy
or
PS 5360           Economic Development in Developing Nations


PS5380            International Conflict and Security

 

COMPARATIVE EMPHASIS

PS 5330C        Party Systems in Latin America

PS 5337           American Political Culture

PS 5356           The British Political Order Since 1900

PS 5357           Russian Politics and Josef Stalin

PS 5360           Economic Development in Developing Nations

PS 5361           Government and Politics of African States

PS 5377           Problems in International Organization

PS 5378           Problems in International Law

PS 5379           Seminar in International Political Economy

 

SUPPORT COURSES

PS 5302           Political Research and Methodology

PS 5389           Internship in Government

PS 5398           Directed Readings and Research