All Political Science and International Affairs graduate students must complete POSC 6101, Contemporary Political Research. This course helps students understand how to conduct and interpret research in their fields.
All Political Science and International Affairs graduate students must complete core seminars in their fields of study. These courses introduce students to the fields of political science and international affairs. International Affairs and Political Science graduate students take somewhat different core seminars. International Affairs students complete the following two core seminars: POSC 6401, Comparative Politics and POSC 6601, International Politics. Political Science students chose three of the following four core seminars: POSC 6201, American Politics; POSC 6401, Comparative Politics; POSC 6601, International Politics; and POSC 6801, Political Philosophy.
These required courses count as part of the 30 hours of credits required for an M.A. in Political Science or International Affairs, and they count toward the required 18 hours of graduate-level courses.
For International Affairs M.A. students, additional courses taken to complete the 30 credit requirement must come from a combination of comparative politics and international politics graduate seminars and their cognate courses.