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. The course is designed to introduce incoming M.A. students to the discipline and the department. Students who do not pass it their first year 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 Written Comprehensive Examinations 0
Culminating Requirement Total Units: 0-3
M.A. Degree Minimum Total Units: 30

Changes in course numbering for M.A. courses

These course numbers are subject to change and do not necessarily represent all the courses that we are or will be offering in the MA program. Check with the department office for the latest information.

PLSI 700 is our new research design course, required for all incoming M.A. students.

American courses now run from 740 to 759

  • 710, the core American course is now 740
  • All the other courses in American politics used to be 711
  • 741 is a new generic topics course for American politics
  • 742 is Public Opinion
  • 743 is Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • 744 is the Supreme Court course 745 is Post Civil Rights in America
  • 746 is going to be a new course in urban politics

Comparative courses now run from 760 to 779

  • 720, the comparative core is now 760
  • All the other courses in comparative politics used to be 721:
  • 761 is a new generic topics course for comparative politics
  • 762 is Asian Transitions to Communism
  • 763 is Comparative Welfare States
  • 764 is Democracy and Democratization
  • 765 is Social Movements in the Islamic World
  • 766 is State-Society Relations
  • 767 is the course number for a new course Indian Politics

Political theory courses now run from 780 to 799

  • 730, the theory core, is now 780
  • All the other courses in political theory used to be 731:
  • 781 is a generic topics course in political theory
  • 782 is Colonialism gender and scientific racism
  • 783 is post-modern political theory
  • 784 is an existing course cross listed with Public Administration called Intragovernmental Relations. Eventually we will have to change this number, but we are going to leave it for now.
  • 785 is for a seminar on Rawls
  • 786 is for a new course, Great Theorists: Walter Benjamin
  • 787 is for another new theory course