Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the graduate program in political science must provide the information required by the Graduate School, and must also submit the following directly to the Department of Political Science: 1. the Political Science Department Application form, available on the department's Web site at <www.as.uky.edu/polisci/polisci_grad_admissions.htm>; 2. a one- to three-page Statement of Purpose explaining why you wish to pursue an MA or Ph.D. degree; and 3. three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic performance. Applicants are also encouraged to submit to the department a sample of their writing on a topic relevant to political science.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the Department's judgment of the likelihood of their success in the program, as compared with other applicants and considering the limited number of applicants accepted to the program. In evaluating candidates, the Department will consider the totality of their records, including grades, test scores, letters of recommendation, relevant work experience, and other relevant information. Applicants to the MA and Ph.D. programs will be evaluated according to the different demands and expectations for the two degrees. Students who do not have political science undergraduate majors are welcome in this program.

Degree Requirements

The Political Science Department offers both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The M.A. degree may be earned under either of two plans: Plan A requires at least 24 hours of course work and a thesis; Plan B requires at least 30 hours of course work and examination in three fields of political science, or in two fields of political science and one outside field. Under either plan, the student must take at least two-thirds of the required semester hours in political science, and at least half of the political science work must be in courses open only to graduate students. A candidate for the Plan B master's degree must pass a foreign language requirement or an analytical skills requirement.

The Ph.D. program is divided into a general phase and a specialized phase. Entering students spend their first year in the general phase, which includes proseminars in methodology and in at least four major fields of political science. (Students who have previously taken graduate work may be exempt from some of these proseminars.) At the end of the first year of graduate work, the student is evaluated by a departmental committee which determines whether the general phase has been satisfactorily completed.

During the specialized phase of the graduate program, the student's work is based on a program prepared with the Advisory Committee. The student takes advanced work in at least two substantive fields in political science. The qualifying examination in political science consists of a written and oral examination in each of the two substantive fields specified in the student's program. The examination is given by the Advisory Committee. Following this examination the student writes a prospectus for the dissertation and is examined orally on this by the Advisory Committee. The student then writes a dissertation and defends it in a final oral examination.

Candidates for the Ph.D. in political science must demonstrate proficiency in a research skill. The required research skill will consist of additional quantitative skills or proficiency in a foreign language that is directly pertinent to the student's research interests.

Additional details concerning departmental requirements may be secured from the Department of Political Science.

GRADUATE COURSES

PS 411G COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT-PARLIMENTARY DEMOCRACIES I (3)

PS 417G SURVEY OF SUB-SAHARAN POLITICS (SAME AS AAS 417G) (3)

PS 419G THE GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICS OF EASTERN ASIA (3)

PS 420G GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA (3)

PS 421G GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA (3)

PS 428G LATIN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (3)

PS 429G GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN RUSSIA AND THE POST-SOVIET STATES (3)

PS 430G THE CONDUCT OF AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS (3)

PS 431G NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY (3)

PS 433G POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS (3)

PS 436G INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (3)

PS 437G DYNAMICS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (3)

PS 439G CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS (3)

PS 441G EARLY POLITICAL THEORY (3)

PS 442G MODERN POLITICAL THEORY (3)

PS 453G URBAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (3)

PS 456G APPALACHIAN POLITICS (3)

PS 461G CIVIL LIBERTIES (3)

PS 463G THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS (3)

PS 465G CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3)

PS 467G THE U.S. SUPREME COURT (3)

PS 470G AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES (3)

PS 472G POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS (3)

PS 473G PUBLIC OPINION (3)

PS 474G POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

PS 475G POLITICS AND THE MASS MEDIA (3)

PS 476G LEGISLATIVE PROCESS (3)

PS 480G GOVERNMENT AND THE ECONOMY (3)

PS 487G INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3)

PS 489G THE ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC POLICY (3)

PS 538 CONFLICT AND COOPERATION IN LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS (3)

PS 539 THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE SOVIET UNION (3)

PS 545 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)

PS 557 KENTUCKY GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (3)

PS 566 CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION (3)

PS 584 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY AND THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE (3)

PS 620 COMPARATIVE POLITICS: THEORY AND METHOD (3)

PS 671 STRATEGIES OF INQUIRY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3)

PS 672 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNIQUES OF POLITICAL RESEARCH (3)

PS 674 PROSEMINAR IN THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (3)

PS 680 PROSEMINAR IN POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS AND PROCESS (3)

PS 681 AMERICAN POLITICAL BEHAVIOR (3)

PS 684 PROSEMINAR IN POLICY STUDIES (3)

PS 685 PROSEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY (3)

PS 690 PROSEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY (3)

PS 711 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PS 731 INTERNATIONAL SECURITY/CONFLICT ANALYSIS (3)

PS 732 COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PS 733 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (3)

PS 734 GREAT BOOKS OF WORLD POLITICS (3)

PS 735 DEMOCRACY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (3)

PS 737 TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PROCESSES (3)

PS 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PS 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

PS 750 POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS IN AMERICA (3)

PS 756 REGIONAL POLITICS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PS 759 COMPARATIVE POLITICAL BEHAVIOR (3)

PS 760 SEMINAR IN JUDICIAL POLITICS (3)

PS 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

PS 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

PS 772 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN RESEARCH METHODS (3)

PS 775 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY (3)

PS 780 LEGISLATIVE BEHAVIOR (3)

PS 795 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (1-3)

PS 796 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (1-3)

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