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University Professors M. Barnett, M. Finnemore

Professors H.R. Nau, C. McClintock, M.J. Sodaro, S.L. Wolchik, D. Shambaugh, C.J. Deering, H.B. Feigenbaum, N.J. Brown, H.L. Wolman, F. Maltzman, S.K. Sell, B. Dickson, P. Wahlbeck (Chair), S. Binder, M.E. Brown, J.H. Lebovic, C. Glaser, S. Biddle

Associate Professors R.P. Stoker, A. Bowie, M.M. Mochizuki, S.J. Balla, S. Wiley, I. Creppell, M. Lynch, K.J. Morgan, H.E. Hale, H. Farrell, E.D. Lawrence J.M. Sides, A. Downes, E.J. Teitelbaum

Assistant Professors W.J. Winstead, S. Kelts, G.S. Lambright, R.F. Adcock, E. Saunders, L. Hughes, C. Mylonas, B. Bartels, S. Kaplan, E. Grynaviski, C. Talmadge, C. Arrington, D. Hayes, E. Finkel, R. Stein

Master of Arts in the field of political science—Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree, and high undergraduate scholastic standing.

Required: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and a research tool, which may be reading knowledge of a modern foreign language, a specified level of knowledge in statistics, or two graduate-level courses in a cognate discipline. Students must take at least six courses selected according to departmental guidelines in their chosen field and pass a comprehensive exam in that field. Four fields are available: American politics; international relations; comparative politics; and public policy. Students are required to take at least two courses outside of their primary field. Students may elect one of the following programs: (1) 30 credit hours of graduate course work, including PSc 6998-99, and the satisfactory completion of a master’s thesis; or (2) 33 credit hours of graduate course work without a thesis.

Master of Arts in the field of legal institutions and theory—Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree, and high undergraduate scholastic standing.

Required: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and 30 credit hours consisting of PSc 6113, 6114; at least two courses (students may take all four) chosen from PSc 8213, 8215, 8388, 6987; from four to six courses selected from PSc 8210, 8217, 8218, 8219, 6444, and Hist 6370.

Doctor of Philosophy in the field of political science—Students of outstanding ability are admitted to the doctoral program upon recommendation of a departmental graduate committee and the concurrence of Columbian College.

Required: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, two research tools, two comprehensive exams covering a primary and supporting field, and a dissertation demonstrating the capacity to undertake original and significant research. The research tools may be selected from reading knowledge of a modern foreign language, a specified level of knowledge in statistics, or two graduate-level courses in a cognate discipline. Students prepare for the comprehensive exams by taking at least six courses in their primary field and at least four courses in their supporting field, selected according to departmental guidelines. Three primary fields are available: American politics; international relations; and comparative politics. In addition, political theory, public policy, and research methodology are available as supporting fields. Petitions for a self-designed minor field composed primarily of courses not offered by the established fields can be jointly proposed by students and faculty. All students must complete a sequence of courses in research methodology comprising PSc 8101 and either PSc 8102 or 8109. Students may opt to take all three. Completion of PSc 8102 with a grade of B or higher will be taken as evidence that a student has achieved the level of knowledge in statistics necessary to satisfy one of the research tool requirements as outlined above. Comprehensive examinations are given three times per year. Students may take both their primary and supporting field examinations during the same testing period, or they may take them in successive semesters. The examination in the primary field entails both a written and oral component.

A recommendation to the dean for admission to candidacy, or the dissertation research stage, will be considered upon satisfactory completion of all course work, tool requirements, field examinations, and successful defense of the dissertation prospectus. Students must pass their primary field examination with a satisfactory pass or higher and must pass their supporting field examination with a bare pass or higher in order to be considered eligible for promotion to candidacy. Admission to candidacy is permitted only if the student’s performance on the examinations and in the course work gives a good indication of success in the second unit. Passing the field examinations does not in itself ensure admission to candidacy.

The dissertation prospectus must outline the central research question(s), relate the proposed research to the existing literature, detail a research methodology, and explain the nature of the original contribution that the completed project will provide. The prospectus must be presented and defended in an open forum, which all faculty and doctoral students are invited to attend. The full dissertation must be similarly defended.

A dual degree program enables students to earn the Master of Public Policy along with the Ph.D. in the field of political science.

With permission, a limited number of upper-division undergraduate courses in the department may be taken for graduate credit; additional course work is required. See the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

6103 Approaches to Public Policy Analysis (3) Stoker, Balla
  Primarily for master’s students. Empirical and normative foundations of systematic policy analysis: concepts, theories, models, issues, strengths, limitations, and uses and misuses in the policy process.
6113 The Constitution: History and Ideas (3) Kelts
  With a focus on the history and ideas that influenced James Madison, consideration of ideas that formed the common heritage of all the framers of the Constitution. The separate traditions of liberty that were fused together in the Constitution. Early changes in American society that placed one of those traditions at the center of America’s self-understanding.
6114 Theories of Judicial Review (3) Kelts
  How and why the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the Constitution. The theory behind the practice of judicial review. Consideration of such questions as whether the Constitution intended judicial review and how the two wings of today’s Court justify their own position on judicial review.
6330 Comparative Government and Politics (3) McClintock, Dickson
  Open to Elliott School students only. Examination of basic approaches to comparative politics.
6332 Communism and Democratization (3) Sodaro, Finkel
  Comparative analysis of transitions to democracy in communist and postcommunist systems, with applications of democratic theory.
6333 Comparative Politics of Russia and Eurasia (3) Hale, Finkel
  Comparative analysis of politics in the post-Soviet region. Theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding important issues, frequently including democracy/autocracy, ethnic conflict, political economy, center– periphery relations, and state building.
6338 U.S. Foreign Economic Policy (3) Nau
  Exploration of ideas and issues involved in U.S. foreign economic policy, including relationship of economic and security issues, interdependence, protectionism, role of the dollar, industrial policy, and the debt crisis.
6345 Comparative Foreign Policy (3) Staff
  The relationship of international actors with one another and with their external environment analyzed in a comparative framework. Focus on nation-states as well as non-state actors, such as international organizations. Differences and similarities in policies on economics, diplomacy, security, and global issues.
6346 The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy (3) Saunders, Stein
  Patterns and problems in contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Special attention given to the domestic political factors shaping foreign policy.
6347 U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions (3) Nau
  Contemporary debate about the substance of American foreign policy through the lens of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of international relations. Classical realist (national interest), neorealist (balance of power), neoliberal (international interdependence and institutions), and constructivist (national identity) interpretations are compared.
6348 Politics of U.S. National Security Policy (3) M. Brown
  Examines competing theoretical approaches to the study of national security policy and tests these on a variety of substantive issue areas in the United States. (May include such topics as nuclear non-proliferation, responses to regional conflicts, definition of new security goals, etc.)
6349 International Security Politics (3) Grynaviski, Biddle
  Overview of the major theoretical debates in international security. How different theoretical approaches inform policy decisions and options.
6350 Foreign Policy Analysis—Selected Topics (3) Staff
  Analysis of U.S. foreign policy toward selected world regions.
6351 Civil–Military Relations (3) Staff
  Substantive and theoretical issues and debates in the study of civil–military relations.
6360 Western European Politics (3) Feigenbaum
  Examination of the principal characteristics of the British, French, German, and Italian political systems, comparing their institutional and behavioral adaptations to the problems of advanced industrial democracies.
6361 Politics of European Integration (3) Staff
  The origins, institutions, and politics of West European integration, with emphasis on theories of regional integration and the development of the European Union.
6362 Nation-Building in the Balkans (3) Mylonas
  The history, legacy, and practice of nation-building in the Balkans.
6364 Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe (3) Wolchik
  Comparative analysis of domestic political processes and policies in Central and Eastern Europe.
6366 Government and Politics of Russia (3) Finkel
  The politics and development of the Russian state.
6368 Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy (3) Mochizuki, Hughes
  Japan’s path to modernity and the impact its pattern of development has had on the nation’s democratization, political economy, and political institutions in the post-1945 period. Consideration of Japan’s foreign policy in terms of the interaction between international and domestic factors.
6370-71 Politics of China (3-3) Dickson, Shambaugh
  PSc 6370: Readings and discussion of the political dynamics and policy process in contemporary China. PSc 6371: Research seminar on selected topics in Chinese politics, using official and other primary sources. Prerequisite to PSc 6371: PSc 6370 or permission of instructor.
6372 Foreign Policy of China (3) Shambaugh
  Readings and research on the main approaches to analyzing China’s foreign policy and foreign relations.
6373 Political Economy of Industrializing Asia (3) Bowie
  Comparative analysis of the relationship between economic interests and politics in East and Southeast Asia. Emphasis on industrializing economies and their integration into global trade and investment networks.
6374 Korean Politics (3) Arrington
  An examination of Korean politics from the perspectives of four major research areas: authoritarian regime and economic growth; democratic transition and consolidation; the Asian financial crisis and its consequences; and the two Koreas and international relations.
6377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East (3) Reich, N. Brown
  Readings and research on selected problems of the governments and politics of the Middle East.
6379 Government and Politics of Africa (3) Lambright
  Major theories and themes of African politics considering the context shaping political and economic reforms, formal and informal institutions, and prospects for political reform.
6383 Comparative Politics of Latin America (3) McClintock
  Readings and discussion on the politics of selected countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Emphasis on democratization.
6388 Topics in Comparative Politics (3) Staff
6390 Politics and Culture (3) Feigenbaum
  An examination of the ways in which politics and culture intersect.
6439 International Political Economy (3) Sell, Hughes, Kaplan
  Research seminar exploring alternative theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy and their application to the explanation and interpretation of historical and contemporary events in world political and economic affairs. Primarily for Elliott School degree candidates.
6440 International Politics (3) Lebovic, Nau
  Open to Elliott School students only. Theories of international relations.
6442 Politics and Practice of International Institutions (3) Finnemore
The politics of international institutions in the areas of collective security, peace keeping, trade, money, development, environment, human rights.
6444 Politics of International Law (3) Staff
  The political sources and consequences of international law and norms.
6456 Origins of Major Wars (3) Nau
  An examination of the origins of major wars, including terrorism, from the 18th to the 20th centuries from the theoretical perspectives of realism, liberalism, and constructivism/identity.
6457 Arms Control and Disarmament (3) Biddle
  Major issues and trends in the postwar development of U.S. arms control and disarmament policy.
6462 The Political Economy of Advanced Industrial States (3) Feigenbaum
  An examination of the relationship between economics and politics in areas such as political development, trade, and monetary policy.
6465 The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe (3) Wolchik
  Major historical, political, social, and regional factors that have shaped the interwar, World War II, and postwar evolution of Central and Eastern Europe; emphasis on foreign relations with outside powers and on regional East–West contacts.
6467 Asian Security (3) Mochizuki, Hughes
  An examination of the major issues in Asian Security using various theoretical perspectives involving a mix of political science and policy analysis.
6475 International Politics of East Asia (3) Mochizuki, Shambaugh
  A survey of the history and contemporary dynamics of international relations in northeast and southeast Asia. Application of international relations theories to study of the region, consideration of primary regional and extra-regional actors, and key issues in Asian diplomacy, economy, and security.
6476 The Arab–Israeli Conflict (3) Finkel
  Readings and research on the origins, evolution, and issues of the Arab–Israeli conflict.
6478 International Relations of the Middle East (3) N. Brown, Lynch
  Readings and research on the regional and international relations of the Middle East.
6484 International Relations of Latin America (3) McClintock
  Readings and discussion on U.S.–Latin American relations and the foreign policies of selected states.
6489 Topics in International Relations (3) Staff
6987 Legal Internship (3) Kelts
  Experiential learning in legal research, writing, and decision making. Each student chooses an internship in Washington, D.C., with a federal court, law firm, legal advocacy group, public defender’s office, or legal think tank. A research paper is required.
6996 Reading (3) Staff
  Limited to graduate degree candidates. Written permission of instructor required.
6997 Research (3) Staff
  Limited to graduate degree candidates. Written permission of instructor required.
6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3) Staff
8101 Introduction to Empirical Political Analysis (3) Wahlbeck, Lawrence, Bartels
  Statistical foundations of empirical political analysis and computer applications. Basic probability theory, exploratory and descriptive data analysis, statistical inference, and introduction to linear regression.
8102 Empirical Political Analysis (3) Wahlbeck, Lawrence, Bartels
  Techniques of social science data analysis. Model building, estimation, and interpretation. Linear models and extensions. Introduction to discrete choice models. Prerequisite: PSc 8101 or permission of instructor.
8103 Approaches to Policy Analysis (3) Stoker
  Primarily for doctoral students. Empirical and normative foundations of systematic policy analysis: concepts, theories, models, issues, strengths, limitations, and uses and misuses in the policy process.
8104 Qualitative Research Methods (3) Mylonas
  Theoretical, practical, and ethical aspects of conducting qualitative research.
8105 Readings in Political Theory (3) Creppell, Kelts, Adcock
  Selected major works, both ancient and modern, that illuminate basic problems and questions of political theory.
8106 Topics in Political Theory (3) Creppell, Kelts, Adcock
  Advanced readings and group discussions. Analysis and interpretation of selected concepts and schools of thought.
8107 Modern Political Thought and Ideologies (3) Creppell, Adcock
  Analysis of some main currents in modern political thought and ideologies.
8109 Systematic Inquiry and Research Design (3) Deering, Adcock
  Study design, data collection, and models of analysis in political science.
8120 Maximum Likelihood Estimation (3) Lawrence
  Introduction to maximum likelihood estimation interpretation of non-linear statistical models. Statistical inference, appropriate use, and presentation and interpretation of results.
8122 Longitudinal Analysis (3) Bartels
  Examination of two classes of statistical models for longitudinal data—(1) models for time-series, cross-sectional and panel data and (2) modeling event history (i.e., duration, survival, hazard).
8124 Multilevel Modeling (3) Bartels
  Statistical issues and models for multilevel (hierarchical) data structures, including the variance components, random intercept, and random coefficient models. Handling cross-level interactions.
8185 Topics in Empirical and Formal Political Analysis (3) Lebovic, Wahlbeck, Lawrence, Mylonas, Bartels
  Selected topics in quantitative political methodology and formal political theory with varying emphasis on maximum likelihood estimation, nonlinear models, causal inference, formal theories, and mathematical/computational tools for the social sciences. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PSc 8102 or equivalent. (Offered as the demand warrants)
8187 Selected Topics in Political Theory (3) Staff
  In-depth coverage of significant issues in political theory, including such topics as justice, toleration, and political community. For advanced students. (Offered as the demand warrants)
8210 American Political Process (3) Deering, Maltzman, Binder
  A survey of American political institutions, processes, and behavior.
8211 Urban Politics (3) Wolman
  Comparative analysis of the context, institutions, processes, and policies of urban political systems.
8212 Urban Policy Problems (3) Wolman
  Analysis of public policy issues confronting urban governments; emphasis on the theoretical roots and empirical impact of past and present programs in such areas as housing, education, poverty, and crime.
8213 Judicial Politics (3) Wahlbeck, Bartels
  Introduction to the literature of judicial process and behavior studies; specific focus on selected topics. Emphasis on the major subfields of law, courts, and judicial process.
8215 Law, Politics, and Society (3) Wahlbeck, Bartels
  Role of the judiciary in policy formulation; emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court and civil liberties issues.
8216 American Presidency (3) Maltzman
  Personalized and institutionalized aspects of the presidency, with particular emphasis on the politics of contemporary policymaking.
8217 Executive Branch Politics (3) Balla
  Structure and operation of governmental bureaucracy with particular emphasis on the politics of formulating and implementing public policy.
8218 Legislative Politics (3) Deering, Maltzman, Binder
  Theory, structure, and process of the U.S. Congress, with emphasis on member–constituency relations, individual and collective decision making, party and committee activities, executive–legislative relations, and interest-group activities.
8219 Political Parties and Elections (3) Binder
  Nature and functions of American political parties: organizational status, nominating and electoral politics, and role in governing.
8220 Public Opinion and Political Psychology (3) Sides, Hayes, Steins
  Sources and dynamics of public opinion and political socialization.
8221 Interest-Group Politics (3) Deering
  Theory, structure, and activities of interest groups in American politics.
8226 Politics and Organizations (3) Finnemore
  Theoretical approaches to understanding organizational behavior and change; applications to specific political problems in U.S., international, and comparative politics.
8229 Politics and Public Policy (3) Stoker, Balla, Wolman, Lawrence
  Examination of political processes that influence policy formulation, policy implementation, and the uses of policy analysis.
8286 Selected Topics in American Politics (3) Staff
  In-depth coverage of significant theoretical and empirical issues in American politics, including such topics as political behavior, electoral politics, and race and politics. For advanced students. (Offered as the demand warrants)
8331 Advanced Theories of Comparative Politics (3) Feigenbaum, Dickson
  Major concepts, methods, and theoretical debates in comparative politics, including cultural, rational, and institutional approaches.
8333 Comparative Political Economy (3) Teitelbaum
  Current research agendas and issues of research design in the field of comparative political economy.
8334 Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective (3) N. Brown, Dickson, McClintock
  Theoretical approaches to processes of democratization. Evaluation of cultural, economic, institutional, and international-actor approaches. Case analysis of recently transitioned or transitioning nations. Primarily for Ph.D. students in political science.
8335 The Politics of Industrialization (3) Bowie, Lambright
  Comparative analysis of politics as it has affected and been affected by the processes of industrialization, with special attention to cross-regional comparison of Latin America and East and Southeast Asia.
8336 The Political Economy of Developing Areas (3) Bowie
  Comparative analysis of how development problems have been defined from both political and economic perspectives and the solutions proposed by outsiders and insiders. Emphasis on the rise, demise, and recovery of development orthodoxies.
8337 Theories of Political Development (3) Feigenbaum
  Examination of how and why political systems develop the way they do. Why do some countries develop into democracies, while others become authoritarian? How do class conflict, the nature of the elite, and the political culture affect the development of political institutions?
8338 Nationalism and Nation-Building (3) Mylonas
  Examination of prominent explanations for the emergence of nationalism across the world and the logic behind nation-building policy choices.
8340 Authoritarianism (3) Dickson
  Examination of the scholarship on authoritarian regimes, including institutional features, strategies for survival, and prospects for change.
8388 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (3) Staff
  In-depth coverage of significant theoretical and empirical issues in comparative politics, including such topics as democratization, the politics of development, the role of the state in advanced industrial societies, gender and ethnicity, and the politics of nationalism. (Offered as the demand warrants)
8441 Advanced Theories of International Politics (3) Sell, Farrell, Lynch, Grynaviski, Talmadge
  Perspectives examined range from realism to critical theory and focus upon a variety of explanatory variables.
8452 Theories of International Security (3) Lebovic, Glaser, Biddle
  Focus on conflict in different systems and scenarios and on causes and consequences of different strategies. The role of ethics in international security.
8453 Advanced Theories of International Political Economy (3) Sell, Kaplan
  Major theories of political economy, from classical perspectives on problems of international cooperation to modern treatments of trade, finance, investment, and regulation.
8454 Advanced Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making (3) Saunders
8489 Selected Topics in International Politics (3) Staff
  In-depth coverage of significant theoretical and empirical issues in international politics, including such topics as comparative foreign policy, ethics and norms in international politics, the politics of military intervention, and theories of security in a post-Cold War environment. For advanced students. (Offered as the demand warrants)
8997 Advanced Reading (3) Staff
  Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination. May be repeated for credit.
8998 Advanced Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination. May be repeated for credit.
8999 Dissertation Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.

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