Political Science Graduate Minor

Graduate Areas of Concentration

American politics, judicial politics, public administration, political theory, state and local government, international relations, comparative politics, gender politics, environmental policy

Graduate work in Political Science may serve as a field of study for a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree or as a minor in other advanced degree programs. The political science program aims to provide a systematic understanding of political processes, institutions, theories, and behavior. Students are encouraged to acquire competence in statistics as aids to analyzing political phenomena.

Students may choose the “generic” graduate minor, which simply requires 16 credits of graduate course work in political science for Master’s students and 20 credits for doctoral students. Or, students may choose one of two tracks within the minor: Environmental and Energy Politics; and International Politics. Students pursuing a track may choose any of the political science courses listed for that track. Students may also count one of the non-political science courses listed under the track toward the political science graduate minor.

For the generic graduate minor in political science, no specific courses are required. Master's students must take 16 credits of graduate course work in political science, and PhD students must take 20 credits. Any combination of graduate political science courses will satisfy this requirement, but a maximum of 4 credits from PS 501 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIPPS 510 POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP may be counted toward the minor.

For one of the two tracks, Master’s students must choose four (4) courses from the list of courses for the track, at least three (3) being from political science; and PhD students much choose five (5) courses, at least four (4) being from political science. Students may take one non-political science course on the list, and may also count up to 4 credits from PS 501 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIPPS 510 POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP toward the option.

Environmental and Energy Politics Track

Political Science Courses
PS 549TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS4
PS 555THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE4
PS 570GLOBAL FOOD POLITICS AND POLICY4
PS 573US ENERGY POLICY4
PS 575ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY4
PS 576SCIENCE AND POLITICS4
PS 577INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY4
PS 578RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY4
Non-Political Science Courses
ECON 566ECONOMICS OF TRADITIONAL AND RENEWABLE ENERGY4
PPOL 545INTERNATIONAL MARINE POLICY4
PPOL 546THE POLICY AND LAW OF UNITED STATES COASTAL GOVERNANCE4
PPOL 547INTEGRATED POLICY: FOOD, ENERGY, WATER, CLIMATE4
PPOL 548MARINE POLICY IN THE UNITED STATES4
SOC 580ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY4
SOC 581SOCIETY AND NATURAL RESOURCES4

International Politics Track

Political Science Courses
PS 541DEMOCRATIZATION4
PS 546EAST ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY4
PS 549TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS4
PS 555THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE4
PS 557US-CHINA RELATIONS4
PS 558INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4
PS 570GLOBAL FOOD POLITICS AND POLICY4
PS 577INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY4
Non-Political Science Courses
ECON 540ECONOMICS OF GLOBALIZATION4
ECON 541INTERNATIONAL FINANCE THEORY AND POLICY4
ECON 555ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT4
ECON 640INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH4
PPOL 545INTERNATIONAL MARINE POLICY4
SOC 560THE SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION4
SOC 566INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: GENDER ISSUES4

Minor Code: 9600