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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Government (GOV)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 45.0901
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies Department (IGS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Bernd Reiter
Phone: 813-974-7569
Email: breiter@usf.edu

Website: http://gia.usf.edu/phd/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

Contact department for information.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: January 5
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Students apply for admission directly into the Ph.D. Those who are interested in first earning a Master's in Political Science need to apply to that major separately.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Applicants must submit

  • a completed application
  • 2 official transcripts from their undergraduate or graduate institutions
  • GRE required
  • 3 letters of recommendation (from academic sources or from those able to judge the applicant's academic abilities)
  • a 500 word personal statement expressing reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. in Government at the University of South Florida
  • Writing sample

A Master's degree in Political Science, Public Administration, International Studies, or a related field will count favorably towards admission, but it is not a requirement for admission.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum hours - 72 credit hours post-bachelors

Core 6 hours
Disciplinary Requirements 9 hours
Methods 9 hours
Major Field 9 hours
Minor Field 6 hours
Electives 9 hours
Teacher Training 3 hours
Capstone 3 hours
Dissertation 18 hours

Core Requirements - 6 credit hours
POS 6735       3       Foundations of Political Inquiry
POS 6933       3       Selected Topics in Political Science: Interdisciplinary Professional Seminar

Disciplinary Requirements - 9 credit hours
Select three of the following:
POS 6045       3       Seminar in American Government
POT 6007       3       Seminar in Political Theory
INR 6007       3       Seminar in International Relations
CPO 6091       3       Seminar in Comparative Politics

Methods Requirements - 9 credit hours
POS 6746       3       Quantitative Analysis I
POS 6707       3       Qualitative Analysis

Select one of the following :
POS 6933/6747       3       Advanced Topics in Quantitative Political Analysis
POS 6942       3       Field Work in Political Science & Public Admin
AFA 6355       3       African American Community Research: Ethnography
Or other graduate course approved by the Graduate Director

Major Field - 9 credit hours
The options for major field are International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Government and Political Theory. With graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Minor Field - 6 credit hours
The options for minor field are International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Government and Political Theory. With graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Electives - 9 credit hours
Students will enhance their major or minor areas of specialization with a three credit hour course
With graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Students Teacher Training Requirement - 3 credit hours
POS 6933 Selected Topics in Political Science

Foreign Language
All students must demonstrate competency in at least one foreign language. Students must pass the competency exam administrated by the World Language Education Department. Additionally, students, whose research focuses on a particular area of the world, must be proficient in language(s) native to that region.

Comprehensive Exam
All students must pass a comprehensive examination, consisting of two separate exams, to be administered on consecutive days, one in their major field and one in their minor field. Major Field exams will be limited to 8 hours and minor field examinations will be limited to 6 hours . A standing committee of faculty members composes and grades those exams.

Selected Topics/Capstone - 3 credit hours
POS 6933       3       Selected Topics in Political Science

Dissertation Proposal Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar
Students will enroll in POS 6933 as their Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar. During the Seminar, students develop their dissertation proposals.
Students must present their dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee and obtain consent from all committee members before proceeding to the dissertation work.

Dissertation - 18 credit hours
POS 7980       18       Dissertation

Students must present their dissertation at an oral defense, and their committees determine whether the student passed. Finally, students must submit written copies of their dissertation with signature of their committee members. All dissertations must conform to University of South Florida format rules.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

INR5012, PAD6041, POT6007, INR6107, PAD5044, PAD6060, POS6045, POS6157, CPO5934, CPO6036, ANG6315, ANG7936, ANG5937, ANG6448, GEO5605, GEO6408, GEO6345, GEO6119, HIS6939, HIS6939, SYD6605, SYD6706,