The Graduate School
820 N. Michigan Ave
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Chicago, IL 60611
Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
The Department of Political Science offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science with a specialization in Global Politics, which includes the two core areas of Comparative Politics and International Relations and the four elective areas of Comparative Social Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Governance, and Political Development. In cooperation with Loyola’s School of Law, the Department also offers a dual MA/JD degree. Additionally, undergraduate majors in the Department are eligible to apply for the five-year BA/MA program. The Department's goal is to offer students a personalized education within a distinctive graduate program.
The Department of Political Science offers graduate courses in a number of fields and subfields. Most classes are conducted in a seminar form. Specific attention is given to the individual needs of the students. All graduate classes are conducted by full-time members of the department. All graduate students receive extensive methodological training as well as a rounded exposure to political science, including courses in comparative politics and international relations, as well as courses in American politics and political theory.
To graduate with a PhD in Political Science students must complete 48 hours of course work (16 courses) in the Department of Political Science, 6 hours (2 courses) of which can be in a related discipline. The PhD program revolves around the theme of “Global Politics,” which combines the subfields of Comparative Politics and International Relations, including specializations in Comparative Social Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Governance, or Political Development. Students are required to take 7 courses in the subfields of Comparative Politics and International Relations (4 in one subfield and 3 in the other), including the core courses of Comparative Politics (PLSC 520) and International Relations (PLSC 430). Students are also required to take 3 methods courses (PLSC 401, 475, and 476), 2 core courses in the subfield of American Politics, 1 core course in the subfield of Political Theory, and 1 directed readings course (PLSC 499) to develop a dissertation proposal. Students must take PhD comprehensive exams, and write and defend a dissertation proposal and a dissertation.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
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