Typical Plan of Study

A typical degree plan will include five years as follows:

Academic year one:

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

  • During summmer session one and two, complete 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

  • During the summer, 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