Political Science (MA)

Master of Arts in Political Science

Department of Government and Justice Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

polisci.appstate.edu

Phillip Ardoin, Chair
ardoinpj@appstate.edu

Adam Newmark, Graduate Program Co-Director and Associate Professor
newmarkaj@appstate.edu

Nancy Love, Graduate Program Co-Director and Professor
lovens@appstate.edu

 

The Department of Government and Justice Studies offers the Master of Arts in Political Science (Major Code: 267*/45.1001) with concentrations in

  • American Government (267C)
  • Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis (267F)
  • International Relations/Comparative Politics (267E)

The Department also offers a program in Public Administration (MPA), described under that heading in this bulletin. Graduate programs in the department are supervised by the departmental chair, the individual graduate program directors, and the graduate committee.

The Master of Arts program in political science is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of government, educational, and private settings, and for further graduate work at the doctoral level. Students in our program may choose from one of three concentrations: American Government, Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis or International Relations/Comparative Politics. Our enrollment over the last 10 years has fluctuated between 15-20 students. With a student/faculty ratio of 3 to 1, we are able to provide our students with the individual attention they expect and deserve. While we have two basic curriculums, the interests and aspirations of our students are quite diverse and therefore we allow each student, in consultation with the Program Director, to develop a program of study which meets his or her unique interests and aspirations.

The American Government concentration promotes student understanding of the institutions of American Politics and the behavior of the public and political actors.

The Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis concentration promotes a multidisciplinary curriculum and provides students with the hard skills necessary for conducting analyses of environmental policy issues.

The International Relations/Comparative Politics concentration promotes student understanding of world politics and U.S. interactions with other nations.

While the issue content of each concentration varies, all three curriculums provide students with the methodological and analytic skills necessary for further graduate work at the doctoral level and careers in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in Political Science, Criminal Justice or a related field from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; two-page statement of intent explaining applicant's academic and professional goals in chosen concentration and the value of regional studies to the contemporary world; additional courses (up to 15 hours maximum) may be required if so indicated by the student's deficiencies.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Political Science
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30 (THESIS track in American Gov't or Int'l Relations) or 36 (THESIS track in Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis and all NON-THESIS tracks)
 
Required Course
  • PS 5001: Scope and Methods (3)
  • PS 5002: Research Methods and Statistics (3)
6
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

American Government Concentration (24 or 30 s.h.) (Code: 267C)

  • PS 5030: Seminar in American Government and Politics (3)
  • 9 s.h. from the following in consultation with the MA Advisor:
    • CJ 5150: The American Justice System and Social Justice (3)
    • CJ/PA 5180: Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)
    • PS 5010: Seminar in Political Philosophy (3)
    • PS 5100: Seminar in Congressional Politics (3)
    • PS 5110: Campaigns and Elections (3)
    • PS 5130: Appalachian Political Perspectives (3)
    • PS 5135: Readings and Research in American Politics (3)
    • PS 5145: American Political Parties and Interest Groups (3)
    • PS 5155: Seminar in Political Behavior (3)
    • PS 5330: Problems in State and Local Government (3)
    • PS 5400: Washington at Work (3)
    • PS 5530-5549: Selected Topics (1-4)
    • PS 5710: American Political Thought (3)
  • Thesis Option (choose one):
    • With Thesis (12 s.h.)
      • PS 5998: Thesis Preparation (3)
      • PS 5999: Thesis (3)
      • And 6 s.h. of graduate electives selected in consultation with the MA Advisor.
    • OR Without Thesis (18 s.h.)
      • PS 5800: Directed Research (3) OR PS 5900: Internship in Public Affairs (3)
      • And 15 s.h. of graduate electives selected in consultation with the MA Advisor.

OR
Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis Concentration (30 s.h.) (Code: 267F)

  • PS 5150: Seminar in Public Policy (3)
  • PS 5670: Advanced Environmental Politics (3)
  • ECO 5621: Advanced Environmental Economics (3)
  • ECO 5660: Benefit Cost Analysis (3)
  • 12-15 s.h. chosen from the following in consultation with the MA Advisor:
    • CJ/PA 5180: Public Policy Analysis and Prog. Evaluation (3)
    • PS 5020: Pro-Seminar in International Relations (3)
    • PS 5030: Seminar in American Government and Politics (3)
    • PS 5120: Readings and Research in International Relations (3)
    • PS 5125: Readings and Research in Comparative Politics (3)
    • PS 5135: Readings and Research in American Politics (3)
    • PS 5145: American Political Parties and Interest Groups (3)
    • PS 5330: Problems in State and Local Government (3)
    • PS 5800: Directed Research (3)
    • PA 5060: Seminar in Public Administration (3)
    • PA 5665: Public Management (3)
    • ECO 5150: Business Economics (3)
    • ECO 5500: Independent Study (1-4)
    • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)
    • PLN 5450: Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
    • PLN 5460: Environmental Policy and Planning (3)
  • Thesis or Internship Option (choose one):
    • With Thesis
      • PS 5998: Thesis Preparation (3)
      • PS 5999: Thesis (3)
    • OR With Internship
      • PS 5900: Internship in Public Affairs (3)

OR
International Relations/Comparative Politics Concentration (24 or 30 s.h.)(Code: 267E)

  • PS 5020: Pro-Seminar in International Relations (3)
  • PS 5040: Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
  • 6 s.h. from the following in consultation with the MA Advisor:
    • PS 5010: Seminar in Political Philosophy (3)
    • PS 5120: Readings and Research in International Relations (3)
    • PS 5125: Readings and Research in Comparative Politics (3)
    • PS 5155: Seminar in Political Behavior (3)
    • PS 5400: Washington at Work (3)
    • PS 5530-5549: Selected Topics (1-4)
    • PS 5721: Human Rights (3)
    • PS 5722: U.S. Foreign Policy (3)
    • PS 5741: European Governments and Politics (3)
    • PS 5743: The European Union (3)
    • PS 5744: Middle East Politics (3)
    • PS 5745: African Politics (3)
    • PS 5748: Latin American Politics (3)
  • Thesis Option (choose one):
    • With Thesis (12 s.h.)
      • PS 5998: Thesis Preparation (3)
      • PS 5999: Thesis (3)
      • And 6 s.h. of graduate electives selected in consultation with the MA Advisor.
    • OR Without Thesis (18 s.h.)
      • PS 5800: Directed Research (3) OR PS 5900: Internship in Public Affairs (3)
      • And 15 s.h. of graduate electives selected in consultation with the MA Advisor.
24 or 30

Other Requirements for the MA in Political Science:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Students must demonstrate a proficiency in reading a foreign language or quantitative analysis as a research tool. The department may determine the proficiency required.
  • Candidacy: Required for thesis option; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive: During the final semester of course work, candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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