All students should be very familiar with the degree plan (all requirements for the 120 hours) for the B.A. degree in Political Science. Listed below are several sources on the degree plan. Departmental Advisors would be glad to answers any and all questions. If you are ever uncertain about a requirement, do not hesitate to ask.
As soon as you know that you plan to major in Political Science, you should be fully knowledgeable of the degree plan. Do not hesitate to ask an advisor if you ever have any questions. All students should be aware of their responsibilities for their education and for their personal development at UTA. Be sure to read the section in the Undergraduate Catalog on Student Responsibilities.
The program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Political Science emphasizes preparation for service in many areas of our national life, both public and private. Students interested in careers in teaching and research or in leadership roles in the public or private sectors may pursue programs adapted to their individual objectives. The Department of Political Science endeavors to equip students with the research techniques and substantive background for coursework undertaken beyond the master's level. Particular attention is given to newer methodologies and approaches employed by scholars in the field.
The thesis degree plan requires 24 hours of coursework including three hours of methods in Political Science for those who have not had POLS 3310 or its equivalent. Of the remaining 21 hours, at least one course each must be taken from four of the following six areas:
Political Behavior and Processes
International Politics and Organization
Public Law and Jurisprudence
Public Administration and Policy Studies
Political Theory (Thought and Methodology)
Students should consult the Political Science Graduate Student Handbook for regulations on transfer courses, undergraduate courses, conferences, internships, and special courses. It is recommended that students complete at least one general field seminar (5300, 5301, 5302, 5303) prior to taking the topics courses. See the Graduate Advisor for more detail.
The non-thesis degree plan requires a minimum of 36 hours, including three hours of methodology, and courses from four of the six areas.
All candidates for the degree of Master of Arts with a major in political science must pass a final comprehensive examination, written, oral, or both written and oral. The scope, content, and form of the examination will be determined by the student's supervising committee. In the event of failure of the final comprehensive examination, the student may petition the Committee on Graduate Studies to retake the examination on a date no sooner than 60 days after the first examination. Students will not be permitted more than one reexamination after failure of the initial examination.
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