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
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.
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 hoursStudents 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.
POS 7980 18 Dissertation