Master of Arts in Political Science
The Department of Political Science offers graduate coursework in three areas of emphasis: International Relations and Comparative Politics; American Politics and Public Affairs; and Political Theory. Our aim is to provide an overview of political science as a discipline of knowledge, one that examines different aspects of political and social life. Students and professors in our program form a community of scholars and students learn from each other in discussion-oriented seminars. These seminars provide opportunities for specialized study through research projects, and teach students quantitative and interpretive skills. This knowledge and these tools can be applied in a variety of professional contexts.
Is this for me?
The program is designed to serve those interested in a more sophisticated understanding of politics, and we expect this interest to stem from a number of reasons. Are you planning further graduate study? Are you seeking more in-depth knowledge in your capacity as a teacher of politics and social studies? Or are you involved in activism or public service work? Do you hope to work in the private sector in areas that require political thinking?
Graduates of our program learn research and writing skills helpful in many careers, and use their knowledge of politics in settings that require enhanced political judgment. Our graduates have joined federal agencies, joined (and started) non-profit organizations, continued in Ph.D. programs and law school, won elected office, and been awarded as outstanding teachers.