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Political Science

School/College: College of Letters and Science

Degrees Conferred:

  • M.A. in Political Science
  • Ph.D. in Political Science

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Overview

The Department of Political Science offers graduate programs of study in political science with concentrations in five fields: American politics; comparative politics; international relations; political theory; and public administration and public policy.

The master's program is designed to provide students with a basic grounding in the scope and methodology of the discipline, while at the same time allowing maximum flexibility in developing a program of study that will meet students' career objectives. It is recommended that students preparing themselves for Ph.D. work emphasize empirical theory, quantitative skills and strategies and techniques of conducting research. Students may select coursework to help them prepare for such career fields as governmental service, public and private education, community service, and private industry. In developing an appropriate and coherent program of study, each graduate student works closely with the major professor and committee of advisors.

The Department accommodates the master's student who attends part time by scheduling sufficient graduate-level courses in the late afternoons and evenings to enable the student to earn a master's degree through part-time attendance.

In the Ph.D. program the departmental emphasis is on conceptual and quantitative work. The Department requires that the student be broadly trained and accordingly encourages each student to take advantage of offerings in related disciplines to strengthen expertise in political change. The graduate of the program is qualified for a career in university teaching, in government service or in the private sector where the analytical skills and knowledge of the social scientist are required.

Graduate degrees are conferred on the basis of a level of achievement which is acquired by independent reading and research as well as by taking courses. They are never conferred solely on the basis of prescribed courses and residency requirements.

Graduate Faculty

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Professors
Dolan, Kathleen, Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park
Heo, Uk, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Holbrook, Thomas, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Horowitz, Shale, Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles
Ihrke, Douglas, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Lee, Mordecai, Ph.D., Syracuse University
Associate Professors
Beck, Robert, Ph.D., Georgetown University
Benesh, Sara C., Ph.D., Michigan State University
Bohte, John, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Ferguson, Kennan, Ph.D., University of Hawai'i
Kaheny, Erin, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Meckstroth, Theodore, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Rast, Joel, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Redd, Steven B., Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Sugiyama, Natasha, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Assistant Professors
Armstrong, Dave, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Ascher, Ivan, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Chikoto, Grace, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Rueter, John, Ph.D., Emory University
Shah, Paru, Rice University

Master of Arts in Political Science

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Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. Undergraduate major or substantial work in the field of political science.
  2. Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  3. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's scholastic ability and achievements.
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores. Applications will not be considered until scores are received.
Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student's studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. The incoming student is advised by the chair of the departmental Graduate Committee; as the student develops specialized interests within the discipline, the student selects a major professor from within that area of specialization.

Note: Requirements for Credits and Courses, Master's Paper, and Comprehensive Examination will change effective Fall 2014. Students who started their programs before Fall 2014 may follow either the old or new requirements.

Select appropriate item below.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. Master's degree in political science.
  2. Evidence of a high standard of achievement in graduate work at the master's level.
  3. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores, except for applicants receiving a M.A. degree from UWM.

All applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program will be evaluated on the basis of their prior academic record, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and three letters of recommendation.

Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student's studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. The incoming student is advised by the chair of the departmental Graduate Committee; as that student develops specialized interests within the discipline, the student selects a major professor from within that area of specialization.

Course of Study

Minimum degree requirement is 54 graduate credits beyond the bachelor's degree, 27 of which must be earned in residence at UWM at the doctoral level.

Areas of Concentration

In consultation with the major professor students plan a program of studies through which a high level of competence is gained in two substantive fields (hereafter referred to as "major" or "prelim" fields). The department offers five fields of study:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Public Administration and Public Policy

Competence in these fields is demonstrated by a written and oral preliminary examination. In addition to the fields listed above, students may petition the graduate committee to be examined in an alternative field. This must be a coherent field that is not covered by one of the existing prelim areas.

Distribution Requirement

To ensure broad exposure to the discipline, students must take a minimum of three courses outside of their prelim fields, at least two of which must be in a single field. Courses used to satisfy this requirement must be taken from the departmental offerings in the five substantive fields described above. Courses that bridge two or more fields of study cannot be used to satisfy this requirement if one of those fields falls within a student's prelim areas.

All courses taken to satisfy the distribution requirement must be political science courses numbered 700 or above.

Core Research Requirements

Attainment of the Ph.D. denotes a high level of competence in research skills relevant to the discipline of political science. Thus, all students must complete the core departmental research seminars Political Science 700, 701, and 702. Since skills learned in these courses are important elements in dealing successfully with subject matter presented in other seminars, students should enroll in these seminars immediately upon entering the graduate program.

Students must earn at least three additional credits in research methodology from courses offered by the Department of Political Science or other departments. Students using a course from outside the Department of Political Science to satisfy this requirement may enroll on a "Credit/No Credit" basis, where the grade of "Credit" demonstrates satisfactory completion of the requirement. Upon successful petition to the departmental Graduate Committee, a student may gain exemption from this requirement, based on course work completed in the five years prior to entering the graduate program. Students who receive this exemption must still complete at least 27 credits in residence. Credits earned to meet the research requirement may count toward the 54 credits of work required for the Ph.D. if they carry graduate credit and are taken for a grade.

In some cases, competence in foreign language skills is necessary for significant disciplinary research. Students may fulfill the research requirements, beyond Political Science 700, 701, and 702 through demonstration of a reading knowledge of one foreign language. Competence is established through examination, by an appropriate UWM language department. The student must perform at a level equivalent to six semesters of college-level work in the language.

Evaluation of Student Progress

The Department annually evaluates the progress of each student, in order to identify areas of strength and weakness as an aid to the student and the student's major professor in planning the program of study. This evaluation is also used to determine whether or not the student should be encouraged to pursue further graduate work.

Residence

The student must meet minimum Graduate School residence requirements.

Doctoral Preliminary Examination

The student must pass a doctoral written and oral preliminary examination covering both of his or her fields of study. The preliminary exam is taken during the semester following the completion of coursework.

Dissertation

The candidate, working under the supervision of the major professor and the candidate's dissertation committee, must write an acceptable dissertation. A dissertation prospectus must be written during the last semester of coursework and will be defended at the end of the following semester as part of the preliminary examination. Guidelines for preparation of the dissertation are available from the Graduate School.

Dissertation Defense

The candidate must, as a final step toward the degree, pass an oral examination in defense of the dissertation. The candidate who does not successfully defend a thesis within five years of admission to candidacy may be required to take another comprehensive preliminary examination and be readmitted to candidacy.

Time Limit

All degree requirements must be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment in the doctoral program.

For additional information on the Ph.D., see the Graduate School Doctoral Requirements page.

Courses

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

301 British Politics. 3 cr. U/G.
Political process in Great Britain in the context of contemporary national setting; emphasis on party system and constitutional order. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
302 Politics of Eastern Europe. 3 cr. U/G.
Evolution of modern nation-state systems in Eastern Europe; interactions among nationalism, communism, and democracy in the countries of the region since 1945. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
310 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics. 3 cr. U/G.
Domestic politics of Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union; special emphasis is placed on transitions to and from authoritarianism, political institutions, and market reforms. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
312 The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes. 3 cr. U/G.
Comparison of modern authoritarian regimes. Emphasis is on their domestic politics and methods of rule. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
316 International Law. 3 cr. U/G.
Rules and principles of behavior which govern nations in their relations with one another, as illustrated in texts and cases. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.
320 Politics of Developing Countries. 3 cr. U/G.
Comparative analysis of political problems confronting developing countries. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
321 Politics of Revolution in Developing Nations. 3 cr. U/G.
The theory and description of political revolutions and rapid political change in the twentieth century. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
325 Latin American Politics. 3 cr. U/G.
Analysis of contemporary governments in Latin America, with particular emphasis on the social way of life, the politics of economic organization and government in action. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
327 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa. 3 cr. U/G.
Analysis of political processes in Middle East and Arabic-speaking North Africa, with reference to problems of nationalism, nation-building, modernization and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 cr. U/G.
Competing views about the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially its Palestinian dimension. History and evolution of the conflict; current issues and possible solutions. Comparative politics course. Jewish 328 & Pol Sci 328 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Counts as a repeat of Hebr St 238 with same topic. Prereq: jr st.
329 African Politics. 3 cr. U/G.
The process of political change in contemporary Africa, with emphasis on the problems of nationalism and nation-building. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st; Pol Sci 106(R).
330 The Politics of International Economic Relations. 3 cr. U/G.
Introduction to the politics of international trade and investment in industrial, developing, and post-communist countries. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.
333 Seminar in Comparative Politics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Intensive study in selected aspects of comparative politics. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
334 German Politics and the New Europe. 3 cr. U/G.
Development of the two German republics after 1945; domestic and European issues of a unified Germany. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
335 Comparative Political Systems. 3 cr. U/G.
Government and politics in various Western and developing countries, stressing common experience as well as differences conditioned by diverse circumstances. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
337 International Organization and the United Nations. 3 cr. U/G.
Collective security as an approach to international peace. Emphasis on the changing nature of the United Nations, its major problems, and the current national and bloc policies by member states. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.
338 Seminar in International Relations: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Intensive study in selected aspects of international relations. Add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Enrollment limited to 15 students. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.
339 European Integration. 3 cr. U/G.
Evolution of the European Union, its institutions, and key policy developments related to the single market, common currency, enlargement, and the democratic deficit. Comparative or international politics course. Prereq: jr st.
340 (effective 05/19/2014) Politics of Nuclear Weapons. 3 cr. U/G.
Survey of nuclear war issues, including the effects of nuclear weapons, defense against nuclear attack, arms control, nuclear weapons proliferation, and nuclear ethics. International politics course. Prereq: jr st; course in pol sci or related field recom.
340 Politics of Nuclear Weapons. 3 cr. U/G.
Survey of nuclear war issues, including the effects of nuclear weapons, defense against nuclear attack, arms control, nuclear weapons proliferation, and nuclear ethics. International politics course. Prereq: jr st; course in pol sci or related field recom.
341 Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Introduction to the political-economic relationships among Pacific-Rim countries. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
359 Problems of American Foreign Policy. 3 cr. U/G.
Analysis of problems confronting the United States in principal regions of the world, emphasizing the content and instrumentalities of recent policy, and considering alternative solutions. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.
361 History of International Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G.
History of international political thought. Statist and internationalist theories of sovereignty, war, intervention, and international law. Political theory or international politics course. Prereq: jr st.
365 Theories and Methods in International Politics. 3 cr. U/G.
Empirical, theoretical, and quantitative analyses of international relations. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.
368 Gender and Politics in Developing Nations. 3 cr. U/G.
Gender and politics in Latin America, East/South Asia, the Middle East, integrating works from political science, feminist theory, development studies, public health, women's studies. Counts as a repeat of Pol Sci 333 w/same subtitle. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Comparative politics course. Prereq: jr st.
370 International Conflict. 3 cr. U/G.
Theoretical and quantitative studies of international conflict and war. Includes individual, national, and systemic approaches. International politics course. Prereq: jr st.
381 The Development of Western Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G.
Political theory from the Greek era to the present. Political theory course. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score level 4 on EPT.
382 (effective 05/19/2014) Modern Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G.
Liberal democracy, traditional conservatism, fascism, communism and socialism, with emphasis on the development and problems of democracy. Political theory course. Prereq: jr st.
382 Modern Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G.
Liberal democracy, traditional conservatism, fascism, communism and socialism, with emphasis on the development and problems of democracy. Political theory course. Prereq: jr st.
384 (560) The Philosophy of Law. 3 cr. U/G.
The idea of law and its relationship to morality. Issues of legal obligation, rights, responsibility, and punishment. Philos 384 & Pol Sci 384 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Political theory course. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos or previous course in political theory or law studies recom.
385 American Political Thought. 3 cr. U/G.
Survey of main currents of American political thought from colonial times to the present. Political theory course. Prereq: jr st.
386 Contemporary Political Theory. 3 cr. U/G.
Survey of current work in different branches of political theory, including formal, analytical, and critical theory. Political theory course. Prereq: jr st.
387 Topics in American Politics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Intensive study in selected aspects of American politics. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
389 Politics and Philosophy: 3 cr. U/G.
Ideas and methods in recent political theory, including the history of political thought, analytical political philosophy, and critical theory. Political theory course. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; one course in political theory.
390 Political Data Analysis. 4 cr. U/G.
Research design, measurement, and techniques of political data analysis. Research methods course. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER Quantitative Literacy Part A req.
390 (effective 05/19/2014) Political Data Analysis. 3 cr. U/G.
Research design, measurement, and techniques of political data analysis. Research methods course. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER Quantitative Literacy Part A req.
392 Survey Research. 3 cr. U/G.
Theory and practice of survey techniques. Planning, design, sampling, types of data, questionnaire construction, interviewing, field operation, and coding examples in a variety of fields. Research methods course. Prereq: jr st.
405 State Government: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Selected topics in state government and politics with special emphasis on Wisconsin. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
408 The American Presidency. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of the office and powers of the president, with an analysis of his major roles as chief administrator, legislative leader, political leader, initiator of foreign policies, Commander-in-Chief and head of state. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
411 Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism. 3 cr. U/G.
Constitutional interpretation, with emphasis on separation of powers, federalism, and property. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
412 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties. 3 cr. U/G.
Cases in civil rights and liberties in such areas as equal protection, due process, and First Amendment freedoms. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
416 Trial Courts in the Judicial Process. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of trial courts and the interaction of trial judges with lawyers, police, litigants, jurors, politicians, and the public, with emphasis on large urban courts. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
417 The Supreme Court. 3 cr. U/G.
Behavior of U.S. Supreme Court justices and other appellate judges and courts within the judicial and political systems. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
421 Party Politics in America. 3 cr. U/G.
The role of political parties in the nominating process, campaigns, fund raising, voter choice, and the governing processes of Congress and the presidency. American politics course. Prereq: jr st; Pol Sci 103(P) or 104(P).
423 Conduct of American Foreign Affairs. 3 cr. U/G.
Descriptive analysis of the way American foreign policy is formulated and carried out by federal agencies. International Politics course. Prereq: jr st.
426 Congressional Politics. 3 cr. U/G.
The role of Congress in shaping public policy, with emphasis on the impact of elections, lawmaking procedures, congressional committees, political parties, interest groups, and presidents. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
444 Politics and the Bureaucracy. 3 cr. U/G.
The role of the bureaucracy in policymaking. Political resources of bureaucracy, its ability to influence policy outcomes. Political controls on bureaucracy, and proposals for reform. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
444 (effective 05/19/2014) Politics and the Bureaucracy. 3 cr. U/G.
The role of the bureaucracy in policymaking. Political resources of bureaucracy, its ability to influence policy outcomes. Political controls on bureaucracy, and proposals for reform. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
450 Urban Political Problems. 3 cr. U/G.
Reading and analysis of specific urban problems and governmental responses. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
452 Administrative Law. 3 cr. U/G.
An examination of due process, privacy, and other constitutional and legal issues as they arise in the regulatory, investigatory, and enforcement activities of administrative agencies. American politics course. Pol Sci 452 & Pub Adm 452 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
464 (220) Women and the Law. 3 cr. U/G.
Topics in federal and state law pertaining to women, gender, and feminism, such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, and pay equity. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
464 (220) (effective 05/19/2014) Women and the Law. 3 cr. U/G.
Topics in federal and state law pertaining to women, gender, and feminism, such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, and pay equity. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
467 Elections and Voting Behavior. 3 cr. U/G.
Psychological and social components of voting behavior, current electoral trends, and role of voters in the governing process. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
471 Problems in Law Studies: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G.
Discussion of selected problems in contemporary law and politics, such as civil rights movements or law and sexuality. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. American politics course. Prereq: jr st.
473 Public Opinion. 3 cr. U/G.
Formation of opinions within and among political publics; role of public opinion in the development and practice of governmental policy. Prereq: jr st.
700 (875) Scope and Methods of Political Science. 3 cr. G.
Critical examination of the normative and empirical methodologies of political science. Prereq: grad st.
701 (817) Techniques of Political Science Research. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to basic techniques of collecting, coding, processing, analyzing, and presenting political data. Prereq: grad st; one undergrad stats course or cons instr.
702 Advanced Techniques of Political Science Research. 3 cr. G.
Advanced course in quantitative analysis stressing the application of econometric techniques to the study of politics. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 701(P).
704 Seminar in Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Overview of structure, functions, and governance of nonprofit organizations. Comparison with government and for-profit organizations. Nonprof 704, Pol Sci 704, Sociol 704, & Urb Std 704 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.
705 Professionals and Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Seminar in techniques of management of professionals and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit 705 & Pol Sci 705 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.Prereq: grad st.
711 Current Topics in Political Science: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
This course will address a specific topic or methodological approach of general disciplinary importance. Retakable w/chg in topic & cons advisor & instr to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
715 Introduction to Comparative Politics I. 3 cr. G.
First part of a two-semester introductory seminar in comparative politics, emphasizing the logic of comparison and introducing broad themes in the subfield. Prereq: grad st
716 Intro to Comparatv Politics II. 3 cr. G.
The second course in a graduate introduction to comparative politics. Foundation for students considering further work in comparative politics; emphasis on empirical research literature. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 715(P) or cons instr
720 Theoretical and Methodological Issues of Comparative Politics. 3 cr. G.
Seminar on theory construction, research design, and the logic of comparative social inquiry. Prereq: grad st.
725 Judicial Politics and Behavior. 3 cr. G.
Readings in the field of judicial politics and behavior, with particular attention to decision making in collegial courts and to scientific methods of analysis. Prereq: grad st.
727 Seminar in Constitutional Law. 3 cr. G.
Major trends in constitutional case law and in critical analysis of the role of the court in american democracy. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
749 Seminar in American Political Institutions. 3 cr. G.
Overview of political institutions including executives, legislatures, bureaucracies, courts, interest groups and others and the role they play in the political and policy process. Prereq: grad st.
750 Seminar in the Study of American Political Behavior. 3 cr. G.
Readings and research on a broad range of topics related to political behavior. Concentration on the political science literature on mass political behavior with some attention to the behavior of political elites. Prereq: grad st.
751 Seminar in Public Policy Formation. 3 cr. G.
Nature and consequences of constraints upon policy-makers in political institutions. Prereq: grad st.
763 Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration. 3 cr. G.
The field of public administration, including organization theory, public management, the politics of administration, and the role of government in policy-making. Pol Sci 763 & Pub Adm 763 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.
769 Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs. 3 cr. G.
Examination of methods, including cost-benefit analysis and decision analysis, that aid policy makers and administrators in understanding and assessing public and nonprofit sector policies and programs. Pol Sci 769 & Pub Adm 769 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.
791 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy. 3 cr. G.
Strategies and methods of nonprofit advocacy and their use by nonprofit organizations in shaping public policy. Implications of the public policy process for nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit 791 & Pol Sci 791 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st
793 Law of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Legal concepts and issues relevant to the formations and operations of nonprofit organizations. Complying with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. Nonprof 793 & Pol Sci 793 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st
801 Proseminar in Political Theory. 3 cr. G.
Political theory for graduate students in any field, based on historical and contemporary texts that illustrate different understandings of politics and political theory. Prereq: grad st
814 Major Political Theorists: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Consideration of selected political theorists, periods, or traditions. Attention given to issues of textural interpretation, historical context, and conceptual analysis. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
815 Problems in Political Theory: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Selected concepts and controversies in the historical and contemporary literature of political theory, such as authority, obligation, equality, justice and the explanation of human conduct. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
816 Seminar in Positive Political Theory: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Selected topics in rationality-based approaches to the study of politics. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 701(817)(P) & 875(P).
817 Feminist Theory and Politics. 3 cr. G.
Examination and analysis of historical and theoretical aspects of feminist theory and politics including liberal, cultural, radical, postmodern, and queer political theory. Prereq: grad st.
818 Theories of International Political Economy. 3 cr. G.
Analysis of major political theories of international economic relations. Examine international political economy issues in industrial developing, and communist countries. Prereq: grad st; intro courses in Econ & Intlrel.
855 Comparative Urban Politics. 3 cr. G.
Examination of critical roles, structures, and processes of urban politics in different cultural settings. Selected to facilitate comparisons between the urban political process in developed and underdeveloped nations. Prereq: second semester grad student.
888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirements. Fee assessed for 1 cr. Prereq: grad st.
913 Seminar in Urban Political Process. 3 cr. G.
Analysis of the forces and processes that shape urban political life, with particular emphasis on patterns of government, political culture, power structures, and civic participation in urban and metropolitan communities. Pol Sci 913 & Urb Std 913 are jointly-offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.
914 Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations. 3 cr. G.
Policy issues in intergovernmental relations and the complex governmental context in which Americans live and work. Pol Sci 914 & Pub Adm 914 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.
925 Applied Bayesian Modeling for the Social Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Theoretical foundations of Bayesian in comparison to Frequentist inference as well as applications of MCMC simulation to GLMs, hierarchical, time-series and measurement models. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 935(P) or equiv.
926 Seminar in the Legislative Process. 3 cr. G.
Analysis of the legislative process and the role of the legislature in the political system and research in legislative behavior. Prereq: grad st.
929 Seminar in Voting Behavior. 3 cr. G.
Voter decision making within and between elections. Prereq: grad st.
935 Seminar in Advanced Political Science Methodology. 3 cr. G.
An advanced seminar in selected topics on political science methodology. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 701(817)(P).
936 Applied Bayesian Modeling for the Social Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Theoretical foundations of Bayesian in comparison to Frequentist inference as well as applications of MCMC simulation to GLMs, hierarchical, time-series and measurement models. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 935(P) or equiv.
950 Seminar in Comparative Politics: Western Nations. 3 cr. G.
Prereq: grad st.
952 The Politics of Developing Nations: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Variable content course. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
953 Seminar in American Foreign Policy. 3 cr. G.
Analysis-in-depth of selected issues in the formulation and execution of American foreign policy, emphasizing recent problems, changes in world conditions, and methods of studying American policy. Prereq: grad st.
956 Political Culture and Behavior: Industrial Nations. 3 cr. G.
Political culture and mass political behavior in industrialized societies, including theories of ideology, multiculturism, and political parties. A data-based paper is required. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 701(817)(P) or equiv prep in statistics.
960 International Conflict. 3 cr. G.
Examines positive theories and quantitative research pertaining to causes and resolution of international conflict. Prereq: grad st.
961 International Political Theory. 3 cr. G.
The study of the moral and political philosophy of international relations. Prereq: grad st.
962 Ethnic Conflict. 3 cr. G.
Origins, strategies, duration, and termination of ethnic conflicts; international intervention. Prereq: grad st
963 Seminar in Judicial Process and Behavior. 3 cr. G.
Prereq: grad st.
964 Seminar in Constitutional Politics. 3 cr. G.
Various approaches to the study of constitutional politics, including law as ideology, noninterpretivism, originalism, and departmentalism. Prereq: grad st; Pol Sci 727(P).
972 Interest Groups and Public Policy. 3 cr. G.
Research seminar in the formal and informal role of interest groups in policy development enactment, and administration access and tactics of political pressure, analysis of private and public power relationships. Prereq: grad st.
973 Political Parties. 3 cr. G.
Selection of problems and design of research on the organization and processes of political parties. Prereq: grad st.
974 Seminar in Politics and Public Policy. 3 cr. G.
Research in the formulation and execution of public policy in a democratic society. Prereq: grad st.
975 Comparative Authoritarianism. 3 cr. G.
Domestic and international politics of authoritarian regimes; methods of rule, regime survival strategies, and political economy. Prereq: grad st.
976 Seminar in Comparative Public Policy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Major theories and methods in comparative public policy relevant to specific areas of the world. Area focus varies from semester to semester. Retakable w/ chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
990 Research and Thesis. 1-3 cr. G.
Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
999 Independent Work. 1-3 cr. G.
Individual work directed by a member of the graduate faculty. Prereq: grad st & cons instr.

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