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

Rene Scherlen, Graduate Program Director
scherlenrg@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): 33
 
Required Course
  • PS 5001: Scope and Methods (3)
  • PS 5002: Research Methods and Statistics (3)*
  • PS 5900: Internship in Public Affairs (3-6)**
9-12
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

American Government Concentration (Code: 267C)

  • PS 5030: Seminar in American Government and Politics (3)
  • PS 5150: Seminar in Public Policy (3)
  • 3 s.h. from the following in consultation with the MA Advisor:
    • PS 5010: Seminar in Political Philosophy (3)
    • PS 5020: Pro-Seminar in International Relations (3)
    • PS 5040: Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
    • PS 5670: Advanced Environmental Politics (3)
  • 12-15 s.h. of graduate electives selected in consultation with the MA Advisor

OR
Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis Concentration (Code: 267F)

  • PS 5670: Advanced Environmental Politics (3)
  • ECO 5621: Advanced Environmental Economics (3)
  • ECO 5660: Benefit Cost Analysis (3)
  • PLN 5460: Environmental Policy and Planning (3)
  • 9-12 s.h. chosen from the following in consultation with the MA Advisor. At least ONE must be from Section A.
Section A: Policy and Governance
    • PS 5010: Seminar in Political Philosophy (3)
    • PS 5020: Pro-Seminar in International Relations (3)
    • PS 5030: Seminar in American Government and Politics (3)
    • PS 5040: Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
    • PS 5150: Seminar in Public Policy (3)
    • PS 5330: Problems in State and Local Government (3)
    • PS 5675: Readings and Research in Environmental Policy (3)***
    • PA 5060: Seminar in Public Administration (3)
    • PA 5180: Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)

Section B: Professional Skills

    • GHY 5810: Digital Image Processing (3)
    • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)
    • PA 5271: Grants Strategies and Preparation (3)
    • PA 5460: Budgeting and Fiscal Administration (3)
    • PLN/COM 5425: Task-Oriented Group Facilitation Methods (3)
    • PLN 5470: Community Development (3)
    • PS 5675: Readings and Research in Environmental Policy (3)
    • PS 5800: Directed Research (1-3)
    • TEC 5129: Project Management (3)

Section C: Scientific Prinicples

    • BIO 5222: Communities and Ecosystem Ecology (4)
    • BIO 5502: Freshwater Ecology (4)
    • BIO 5575: Ecotoxicology (4)
    • GHY 5820: Geographical Hydrology (3)
    • GS 5510: Environmental Problems (3)
    • PS 5675: Readings and Research in Environmental Policy (3)
    • TEC 5605: Sustainable Resource Management (3)
    • TEC 5606: Sustainable Water and Wastewater Technology (3)

OR
International Relations/Comparative Politics Concentration (Code: 267E)

  • PS 5020: Pro-Seminar in International Relations (3)
  • PS 5040: Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
  • 3 s.h. from the following in consultation with the MA Advisor:
    • PS 5010: Seminar in Political Philosophy (3)
    • PS 5030: Seminar in American Government & Politics (3)
    • PS 5150: Seminar in Public Policy (3)
    • PS 5670: Advanced Environmental Politics (3)
  • 12-15 s.h. of graduate electives selected in consultation with the MA Advisor
21 or 24

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

** PS 5998: Thesis Preparation (3) and PS 5999: Thesis (3) may be counted in place of PS 5900 for students when appropriate with permission of the graduate program director(s).

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