Typical Plan of Study

A typical degree plan will include five years as follows:

Academic year one:

               * 18 hours of course work, including 5325, Research Design and Research
                  Methods

               * Research assistantships with particular faculty members

Academic year two:

               * 18 hours of course work, including at least one section of PSC 5396, 
                  Teaching Political Science

               * Teaching apprenticeships during both semesters

               * MA comprehensive exam in April of second year, or MA thesis defense in the
                  spring of second year

Summers one and two:

               * Six hours of course work, including completion of language requirements if
                  appropriate

Academic year three:

               * 18 hours of course work, including a second section of PSC 5396 Teaching
                  Political Science, if not taken in year 2

               * Teaching apprenticeships during both semesters

Summer three:

               * Completion of professional paper in interdisciplinary concentration

Academic year four:

               * Comprehensive exams in major and minor fields in August of fourth year

               * Presentation of dissertation proposal by December

               * Teaching an independent course or courses

               * 6 hours of Dissertation Research

Academic year five:

               * 6 hours of Dissertation Research

               * Completion and defense of dissertation