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The Political Science Master’s Degree – Online & On-campus

The Political Science Master’s Degree Program is offered both as an on-campus program and as a 100% online program.  The Political Science Master’s Degree Program is designed to join the basic theoretical pursuits of political science with the practical knowledge needed by effective public officials and political practitioners. The campus’ location in the state capital offers a rich setting for combining theory and practice. The Political Science Department offers sound academic instruction in American state and national politics, public law, international relations, comparative government, and political philosophy.

Online Political Science Master’s Degree Program
Students in the online Political Science Master’s Degree Program are able to complete all of their courses 100% online.  Both the on-campus program and online Political Science Master’s Degree Program have the same curriculum requirements and application requirements.

Curriculum Requirements
To earn a Political Science Master’s Degree from UIS, a student must successfully complete all 40 hours of required core courses and electives.  Online students take all their courses 100% online.  A minimum of 28 credit hours must be taken at the 500-level and only 8 credit hours may be taken outside of Political Science Department.

Prerequisites
There are no specific prerequisites courses.  If after reviewing the an applicant’s transcripts, it is determined that the applicant has a deficiency at the undergraduate level it is up to the discretion of the Political Science Department as to whether or not courses will be assigned for full admission (although applicants can be admitted conditionally prior to the completion of the assigned courses).  Students without experience in research methods are required to take PSC 451: Empirical Political Analysis as part of their degree program.  If required, PSC 451 is counted as an elective towards the Political Science Master’s Degree requirements.  PSC 451 is offered both as an on-campus course and as an online course.

Core Courses (12 credit hours)
PSC 501: Introduction to the Graduate Study of Politics (4 credit hours)
PSC 502: Methods of Inquiry (4 credit hours)
PSC 590: Closure Exercise (4 credit hours)  Students may choose from: Comprehensive Examination, Participant/Observer Case Study, or Thesis

Electives / Internships (28 credit hours)
To allow students to specialize in a subfield, an area of emphasis of at least 16 hours may be chosen in consultation with an advisor.  An area of emphasis is not required.  Not all electives are offered every semester, and other political science electives can be approved by a student’s faculty advisor.  The on-campus Program offers electives in the following areas of emphasis: American National and State Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, and Public Law.  In the online Program we offer electives in the following areas of emphasis: American National and State Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, and Public Law.  Examples of electives are listed below.  Not all electives are offered every semester. *PSC 503: Graduate Research Methods is strongly recommended as an elective for students planning to pursue graduate study at the doctoral level.

Emphasis on American National and State Politics
PSC 402: Legislative Politics
PSC 403: Public Opinion
PSC 404: ECCE: African Americans and American Politics
PSC 405:  Illinois Government and Politics
PSC 406: The American Presidency
PSC 408: American Political Behavior
PSC 409: Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 410: Public Policy Processes
PSC 412: Political Psychology
PSC 420: National Security Issues and the U.S. Constitution
PSC 423: Women and Politics
PSC 510: Current and Emerging Public Polices
PSC 511: Seminar in American Politics
PSC 512: Graduate Seminar in Comparative State Politics
PSC 513: Seminar in Politics and Law
PSC 517: Seminar on Congress
PSC 518: Seminar on Public Policy
PSC 519: Seminar in Courts and Policy Making
PSC 562: Practical Politics Seminar in Political Campaigns
PSC 563: Practical Politics Seminar in Lobbying
PSC 564: Practical Politics Seminar in Policy Formation, Analysis, and Presentation

Emphasis on Comparative Politics / International Relations
PSC 462: International Law and Organizations
PSC 463: International Political Economy
PSC 464: Latin American Politics
PSC 470: Terrorism and Public Policy
PSC 472: The Law of Military Conflict
PSC 473: War and Peace
PSC 474: American Foreign Policy
PSC 476: International Politics of the Middle East
PSC 477: Russian Politics
PSC 515: Seminar in International Relations
PSC 516: Seminar in Comparative Politics

Emphasis on Political Theory
PSC 424: Democratization and the Public Sphere
PSC 428: Globalization and the Future of Democracy
PSC 433: Feminist Theories
PSC 435: ECCE: American Political Thought
PSC 436: Contemporary American Political Philosophy
PSC 437: Marxist Philosophy: Past, Present, Future
PSC 438: Postmodern Theory: Politics and Possibility
PSC 514: Seminar in Political Philosophy
PSC 533: Feminist Theories II

Emphasis on Public Law
PSC 415: The American Constitution and Constitutional Law
PSC 416: The American Constitution and Civil Liberties
PSC 419: Environmental Law
PSC 420: National Security Issues and the U.S. Constitution
PSC 421: Law and Inequality
PSC 441: Poverty, Law, and Justice
PSC 462: International Law and Organizations
PSC 472: The Law of Military Conflict
PSC 513: Seminar in Politics and Law
PSC 519: Seminar in Courts and Policy Making

Internships
PSC 530: Graduate Internship in Political Science (1 to 8 hours)
A maximum of 8 hours of internship can be applied as electives towards the Political Science Master’s Degree.

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