Graduate Curriculum

Core requirements

Course Title Units
PLSI 700* Research Design 3
PLSI 740 Seminar in American Politics 3
PLSI 760 Seminar in Comparative Politics 3
PLSI 780 Seminar in Political Theory 3
Total Units: 12

*PLSI 700 is a required course that all incoming students must take their first year in the program. Students who do not pass it must take it in their second year in order to be eligible to register for further classes.

Elective Seminars

At least two-three* courses in areas of specialization selected from the following:

Course Title Units
PLSI 741-59 Various courses in American Politics 3
PLSI 761-79 Various courses in Comparative Politics 3
PLSI 781-99 Various courses in Political Theory 3
* Students who elect to take comprehensive exams must take three graduate political science seminars listed above (9 units). Students who write a thesis need only take two graduate seminar from the courses listed above (6 units).

**Additional graduate seminars and/or upper-division undergraduate courses in political science or related fields upon advisement and approval of graduate coordinator (9 units).

Total Units: 15-18

Culminating Requirement

Course Title Units
PLSI 898 Master’s Thesis 3
Or PLSI 896 Comprehensive Exams 3
Culminating Requirement Total Units: 0-3
M.A. Degree Minimum Total Units: 30