Requirements of the Foreign Service track
The Foreign Service track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Core courses - 6 hours. Choose two classes from:
- POLS 551 Democratization
- POLS 555 State and Society
- POLS 569 Theories of World Politics
Other required classes - 6 hours
- POLS 511 American Political Institutions
- POLS 562 Global Diplomacy
Language requirement - 6 hours
- 6 hours of course work at the 400 or 500 level of the foreign language appropriate to the student's area of interest.
- Students who have already achieved this level of proficiency may take 6 hours of electives instead.
Political Science electives
- 6-12 hours of electives, depending on the capstone choice
Capstone. Choose from:
- Internationally-focused internship (6 hours)
- International field research leading to an M. A. thesis (6 hours) or a professional paper (0 hours).
All students will complete a total of 30 credit hours for the M. A. degree. If a student selects a capstone option involving less than 6 credit hours, he or she will take additional courses to bring the total to 30 hours.
No more than 12 hours of the M. A. may be taken outside the Political Science department; no more than 6 hours may be taken at the 400-level, and no more than 6 hours may be independent study classes or internships.
Some classes have prerequisites. Depending on their undergraduate preparation, students may be required to take specific undergraduate classes prior to enrolling in graduate classes.
Exceptions will be allowed only with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies for the department.