Graduate Coordinator: D. Tabb
Minor in Political Science
M.A. in Political Science
For pre-law students who choose a major in political science, special concentration courses appropriate for preparation for legal training are provided on advisement within the framework of the major program in political science. The Department of Political Science and the student-operated Pre-Law Advising Center also provide advising and other services (e.g., mock LSAT) for pre-law students in any major who wish to improve their preparation for law school.
The Master of Arts in Political Science is designed for students who wish to proceed to further post-graduate study at the doctoral level as well as those who seek to terminate their study with the M.A. Areas of specialization within the M.A. program may include American politics, political theory, comparative politics, public law, research methods, campaign management, as well as joint programs with International Relations and Public Administration. Community college credential programs and student teaching opportunities are also available in the last semester of work. Evening seminars are readily available. Limited financial aid is available in the form of teaching assistantships and research assistantships. These are usually not available during the first semester of work. The program is professional in its standards, substantitive offerings, and levels of expectation.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Political Science discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
At least 30 of the 42 units for the major must be in upper division courses.
Core Units PLSI 100 Understanding Politics 3 PLSI 200 American Politics 3 PLSI 300 Scientific Inquiry in Political Science 4 PLSI 351 Political Theory: The Classical Tradition or PLSI 360 American Political Thought 4 Breadth Requirement Political science courses chosen to include at least one upper division course in each of these fields: American politics, comparative politics, public administration and policy, and public law 16 Electives At least six (6) units in political science. Remaining units may be selected from related departments with consent of a major adviser 12 Total 42
Units PLSI 100 Understanding Politics 3 PLSI 200 American Politics 3 Upper division electives in political science selected in consultation with a Political Science adviser to serve the student's interests and life goals 15 Total 21
All foreign students whose native tongue is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must score at least 550.
The Political Science Department aims to complete action on May 15 for the Fall semester and by December 15 for the Spring semester. Late applicants may be deferred or admitted to conditional status.
Courses are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Political Science discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
Core Requirements Units PLSI 710 Seminar in American Political System 4 PLSI 720 Seminar in Comparative Government 4 PLSI 730 Seminar in Political Theory 4 Elective Seminar At least one course selected from the following: 3-4 PLSI 711 Topics in American Government (4) PLSI 721 Topics in Comparative Government (4) PLSI 731 Topics in Political Theory (4) Graduate seminar in related field upon advisement and approval (3-4) Related Courses Graduate seminars and/or upper division under- graduate courses in Political Science or related fields upon advisement and approval of graduate coordinator. (No more than four units of PLSI 899 may be taken.) 10-15 PLSI 898 Master's Thesis (4) or Written Comprehensive Examinations (0) 0-4 Minimum total 30
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