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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Political Science (POL)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 45.1001
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

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/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The graduate major leading to the M.A. in Political Science is designed to offer advanced general instruction in Political Science. It prepares its graduates for positions of responsibility in the public and private sectors, as well as in research, teaching, and study at the doctoral level.

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: June 1
Spring: October 15
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.

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

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GRE required
  • three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source
  • a 500 word statement of academic interest
  • official transcripts
  • minimum GPA of 3.00
  • must have an undergraduate background in political science.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 36 credit hours

Common Core 12 credit hours
Major Field or Concentration 9 credit hours
Electives 9 credit hours minimum
Thesis/Non-Thesis 6 credit hours

For instructional purposes, the graduate curriculum in Political Science has been divided into four fields:
Field 1 Comparative Politics (courses with a CPO prefix)
Field 2 International Relations (courses with an INR prefix)
Field 3 American Government (Courses with a PUP, POS, or URP prefix)
Field 4 Political Theory (courses with a POT prefix)

Common Core Courses -12 credit hours
POS 6735 Foundations of Political Inquiry (3)

Disciplinary Seminar Requirements
Select two:
POS 6045 Seminar in American Government (3)
POT 6007 Seminar in Political Theory (3)
INR 6007 Seminar in International Relations (3)
CPO 6091 Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)

Required Research Methods Sequence
Select one :
POS 6746 Quantitative Analysis I (3)
POS 6707 Qualitative Analysis (3)

Students may either choose a Major Field of study, or the concentration in Africana Studies

Major field 9 credit hours
In addition to the core course in major area, three additional courses in the core area are chosen from American Government, Political Theory, International Relations, or Comparative Politics.

Concentration in Africana Studies - (9 credit hours)
AFA 6932: Topics in Africana Studies (3)
AFA 6120: Social Theory and Social Thought (3)
AFA 6108: Social Construction of Race and Racism (3)

Electives - 9 credit hours minimum :
Electives include, but are not limited to:
AFA 6207: African American Historiography
AFA 6805: African Historiography
AFA 6355: African American Community Research
AFA 6387: Seminar on Genocide and Human Rights
AFA 6932: Special Topics
AFA 6905: Independent Study
AFA 6910: Directed Research
CPO 5934: Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (3)
POS 6933: Selected Topics in Political Science (3)

Electives have to be approved by the Graduate Director. Other graduate courses may also be taken as electives, with approval by the Graduate Director.

Thesis/Non Thesis - 6 hours minimum

Thesis:
POS 6971 (6) Thesis: Masters
AFA 6971 (6) Thesis: Masters

Students must enroll in either POS 6971 or AFA 6971 (Africana Studies Concentration students) Thesis: Masters for a minimum of 6 credit hours. In their thesis, students must provide new insight into a relevant topic in political science or international studies. As students approach the thesis stage, they need to compose a thesis committee consisting of a major professor, who must be a member of the Department of Government and International Affairs, and two readers. One of the two readers can be from another department, but that person must first be approved by the Graduate D irector. The thesis committee must approve proposals before students embark on their projects. Students must prepare a written thesis and defend their work in a formal oral presentation before their committee.

Non-Thesis:
Elective (3) Structured course approved by the Graduate Director
And one of the following:
POS 6909 (3) Independent Study (for students in a major field)
AFA 6905 (3) Independent Study (for students in the Africana Studies Concentration)

Students who choose a non-thesis option will be required to complete an additional 6 hours of course work at the 6000 level. The student is required to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a substantial literature review of approximately 50 pages in his or her major field, or in the Africana Studies Concentration.

Comprehensive Examination
For students in the thesis option , successful completion of the Thesis serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. For students in the non-thesis option , the extensive literature review determines competency and serves as the equivalent of a comprehensive examination.

Course Listings

CPO 5934 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (3)
CPO 6091 Seminar in Comparative Politics(3)
CPO 6077 Social Movements(3)
INR 5012 Globalization (3)
INR 5086 Issues in International Relations (3)
INR 6007 Seminar in International Relations (3)
INR 6036 Seminar in International Political Economy (3)
INR 6107 American Foreign Policy (3)
LAS 6933 Seminar in Latin American Studies(3)
POS 5159 Urban Policy Analysis (3)
POS 6045 Seminar in American Government and Politics(3)
POS 6127 Issues in State Government and Politics(3)
POS 6455 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3)
POS 6707 Qualitative Analysis(3)
POS 6746 Quantitative Analysis I(3)
POS 6735 Foundations of Political Inquiry (3)
POS 6909 Independent Study (1-3)
POS 6919 Directed Research (1-19)
POT 6007 Seminar in Political Theory (3)
POS 6971 Thesis: Masters (2-19)

Students may take a maximum of 3 credit hours of Independent Study (POS 6909) and 3 credit hours of Directed Research (POS 6919)


College Degree Requirements

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

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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:

POS6735, POS6736, CPO6091, INR6007, PUP6007, CPO6091, INR6007, PUP6007, POS6909, POS6919, CPO5934, CPO6036, CPO6091, INR5012, INR5086, INR6007, INR6036, INR6107, PAD6060, PAD6275, PAD6307, PAD6338, PAD6339, PAD6355, POS5094, POS5155, POS6045, POS6095, POS6127, POS6157, POS6415, POS6427,