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PhD in Political Science

Fields of Study

The graduate program offers a rich array of courses distributed among the fields American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, political economy, political psychology, human rights, and political methodology. Instruction in the traditional fields is grounded in the mainstream, and yet it is responsive to the latest theoretical and methodological developments. Students leaving the program are well prepared to teach and conduct research in each field with a good blend of general and specialized training.

Learn more about research specialties:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Methodology
  • Political Psychology (minor)
  • Political Theory
  • Political Economy


For your PhD, you will be expected to meet the following requirements:

  • 24 political science course credits within two fields (core course plus 3 courses in each field)
  • 3 credits - political science professional development courses
  • 3 credits - your choice within political science
  • 6 credits from outside political science related to your course of study (may also declare a minor program)
  • 24 thesis credits
  • Completion of preliminary written and oral exams in two fields
  • Prospectus defense
  • Completion of the dissertation
  • Final oral dissertation defense
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