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Political Science MA

Political Science

Political Science is the study of how societies govern themselves and interact with one another. Courses of instruction in the Political Science major are offered in the following subfields: American politics, comparative government, international relations, political philosophy, public law, and public administration. Areas of focus include analysis of government structures and processes, citizens' influence on government, policy content, philosophical concepts and traditions, political systems of other states, and resolution of conflicts between nations. By developing critical thinking and analytical skills, the major prepares students for effective participation in the political process, successful careers in the public and private sectors, and further study in law, political science, and public administration.

In 1925, the state legislature passed a law requiring the study of the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions by all University of Wyoming students. Political Science 1000 satisfies this requirement, but the requirement can also be satisfied by special examination given periodically by the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies.

 

Graduate Study

The master of arts and the master of public administration are offered by the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies. The school's mission is to give graduate students an understanding of the theories and methods necessary for success in (1) research or in post-baccalaureate study in any of the subfields in political science, (2) high school teaching in social science, or (3) careers in policy analysis or public administration in local, state, or federal government, or international governmental or non-governmental organizations. Our graduate students have progressed to senior positions in government, the U.S. Foreign Service, and international organizations; they have pursued rewarding careers in education and the private sector; and they have advanced to Ph.D. programs in political science and related fields.

 

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Political Science

Admission is open to all students holding a bachelor’s degree in any major. Foreign students, who are non-native English speakers, must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

 

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Political Science

Plan A (thesis)

At least 30 hours of graduate credit, to include:

POLS 5510. Public Policy and Program Management.

POLS 5680. Research Methods for Political Science. 

POLS 5684. Empirical Analysis for Public Administration.

POLS 5810. Seminar in Political Philosophy.

At least 6 additional hours of coursework in political science.

A maximum of 9 hours of coursework in disciplines other than political science.

A minimum of 4 hours thesis research.

A master's thesis demonstrating independent research, written under the supervision of the major professor.

An oral examination conducted by the graduate committee covering all coursework and the thesis.

No more than 6 hours of grades lower than 3.000 may be counted toward the minimum number of hours required for the degree.

Students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.000.

Plan B (non-thesis)

At least 30 hours of graduate credit, to include:

POLS 5510. Public Policy and Program Management.

POLS 5680. Research Methods for Political Science.

POLS 5684. Empirical Analysis for Public Administration.

POLS 5810. Seminar in Political Philosophy.

At least 6 additional hours of coursework in political science.

A maximum of 12 hours of coursework in disciplines other than political science.

Plan B paper that reflects the quality but not scope of a master's thesis, written under the supervision of the major professor.

An oral examination conducted by the graduate committee covering all coursework and the Plan B paper.

No more than 6 hours of grades lower than 3.000 may be counted toward the minimum number of hours required for the degree.

Students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.000.

 

Political Science (POLS) Courses

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Learning Outcomes

We continuously and actively assess the Political Science undergraduate curriculum to ensure that the following learning outcomes are being met for each of our graduates:

  1. Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the values, beliefs, and institutions that constitute governing processes;
  2. Acquire an understanding of the distinctions among the major subfields of the discipline including: American politics and law; international relations; comparative politics; and political theory;
  3. Develop a knowledge and understanding of citizens' roles within governing processes;
  4. Acquire a knowledge of the theories and analytic skills necessary to evaluate conflicting arguments, assemble and present appropriate evidence, and make reasoned conclusions from the evidence available;
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

 

 


 

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