American Politics General Field

Minimum preparation requires the successful completion of at least five courses. Additional courses may be desirable and are up to the supervising committee to designate. Courses used to satisfy requirements in other fields may not be used to satisfy American Politics requirements.

Requirements for the Ph.D.

At least five courses are distributed as follows:

A. Pol S 550 American Politics Core Course (5 credits)

B. At least one course from the Institutions list and at least one course from the Processes and Policies list.

Completion of A & B are minimum requirements before the defense of the Masters Essay of Distinction.

C. Complete two additional courses from the American Politics Course lists.

American Politics Course Lists

1. Institutions (at least one course)

Pol S 553 Public Opinion (5 credits)
Pol S 554 Legislative Politics (5 credits)
Pol S 555 American Politics Topics: American Political Developments (5)
Pol S 561 Law and Politics (5 credits)
Pol S 562 Law, Politics, and Social Control (5 credits)
Pol S 563 Supreme Court in American Law (5 credits)
Pol S 571 American National Institutions (5 credits)
Pol S 587 Politics of Urban Reform (5 credits)

2. Processes and Policies (at least one course)

Com 551/Pol S 551
Political Communication (5 credits)
Pol S 553 Public Opinion (5 credits)
Pol S 564 Law and the Politics of Social Change (5 credits)
Pol S 573 Topics in Public Policy ((5 credits, max 10 credits))
Pol S 574 Environmental Regulation Policy (5 credits)
Pol S 575 Public Policy Processes (5 credits)
Pol S 577 The Politics of Social Movements (5 credits)
Pol S 578 Health Politics and Policy (5 credits)
Pol S 590 Seminar in Political Behavior (5 credits, max 10 credits)