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The doctoral degree in Political Science prepares you for academic careers in research and teaching, as well as professional careers in public service and the private sector. The program introduces you to the substantive, theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of politics, and trains you to perform original research on political behavior.
Ph.D. students have the opportunity to plan their program in conjunction with their advisory committee. You may focus your studies within three fields, one of which may be in an external field such as sociology or history. These fields include political theory, American government and public law, comparative government and politics and international relations.
Our Ph.D. program has a track record of producing successful scholars. Our alumni have secured positions in universities and colleges across the country and around the globe. Recent tenure-track placements (since 2010) include: California State University-Long Beach, CIDE (Mexico), Florida Atlantic University, Northern Kentucky University, Prairie View A&M University, Trinity University, University of Mary Washington, University of South Carolina, Utah State University and West Texas A&M University.
Classroom methods for political science instruction, as well as basic research and job-hunting skills.
Analysis of the roles played by interest groups in the American political system from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.
Survey of the four primary areas of mass political behavior: political psychology, public opinion, voting behavior, and political participation.
Introduction to foreign policy analysis as a field of study, with an emphasis on foreign policy decision making and psychological approaches to the study of foreign policy.