Government and Politics, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Students are required to complete 42 credits of coursework, in addition to 12 credits of GVPT899. Students are also required to complete two comprehensive exams, a third year paper, and pass the Prospectus Defense.

The doctoral program is intended to provide students with the knowledge, methodological skills and research experience appropriate for persons who intend to enter the discipline of political science. Students must complete 42 hours of graduate work including courses in political theory and research methods and pass written comprehensive examinations in two fields. Although formal coursework and field examinations are important components of the doctoral program, the research component, especially in the form of the dissertation is paramount. Consequently students who are able to demonstrate an interest in quality research activities and desire to become creators as well as consumers of knowledge are appropriate for the doctoral program.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
GVPT622Quantitative Methods For Political Science3
GVPT700Scope and Method of Political Science3
Select one of the following courses:3
Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy
Modern Political Theory
Contemporary Political Theory
Complete courses in one of the following fields:33
American Politics
International Relations
Comparative Politics
Political Philosophy/Normative Political Theory
Dissertation Research Requirements
GVPT899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits54

Field Options

American Politics

Course Title Credits
GVPT770Seminar in American Political Institutions3
GVPT771Seminar in American Political Behavior3
Select 27 additional credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above27
Total Credits33

International Relations

Course Title Credits
GVPT708Seminar in International Relations Theory (GVPT708A - Seminar in International Relations Theory)3
Select 30 additional credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above30
Total Credits33

Comparative Politics

Course Title Credits
GVPT780Seminar in the Comparative Study of Politics3
Select 30 additional credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above30
Total Credits33

Political Philosophy/Normative Political Theory

Course Title Credits
Select 33 credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above33
Total Credits33