May 29, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Politics and International Affairs, Ph.D.

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College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies 


Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below. Students apply for admission directly into the Ph.D. Those who are interested in first earning a Master’s in Political Science need to apply to that major separately.

  • GRE Required
  • 3 letters of recommendation (from academic sources or from those able to judge the applicant’s academic abilities)
  • a 500 word personal statement expressing reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. in Government at the University of South Florida, and
  • a writing sample

A Master’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, International Studies, or a related field will count favorably towards admission, but it is not a requirement for admission.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum hours - 72 credit hours post-bachelor’s

  • Core - 6 Credit Hours
  • Disciplinary Requirements – 9 Credit Hours
  • Methods – 9 Credit Hours
  • Primary Fields – 18 Credit Hours total
  • Electives – 9 Credit Hours
  • Teacher Training – 3 Credit Hours
  • Dissertation Proposal/Capstone – 3 Credit Hours
  • Dissertation – 15 Credit Hours

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Disciplinary Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Select three of the following:

Methods Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

Select one of the following:

Primary Fields (2) - (18 Credit Hours)

Students complete two primary fields with nine (9) credit hours each. The options for primarymajor field are International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Government and Political Theory.   With graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Students will enhance their major or minor areas of specialization with a elective courses.
With graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Students Teacher Training Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Foreign Language

All students must demonstrate competency in at least one foreign language. Students must pass the competency exam administrated by the World Language Education Department. Additionally, students, whose research focuses on a particular area of the world, must be proficient in language(s) native to that region.

Comprehensive Exam

Ph.D. students will be required to take in-class examinations in two core fields and a chosen subfield. The examinations will be developed by a standing committee of faculty with expertise in the chosen fields. Field exams will be administered on designated, nonconsecutive days and limited to eight hours for each field of specialization. Four hours will be allotted for the subfield. An ad hoc committee consisting of one member from each appropriate standing committee and a faculty member with expertise in the tested subfield will conduct an oral exam approximately three weeks after the written exams have been completed. The oral exam will be limited to two hours.

Dissertation Proposal – Capstone (3 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 Credit Hours)


  • Students will enroll inPOS 6933  Selected Topics in Political Science as their Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar. During the Seminar, students develop their dissertation proposals. Students must present their dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee and obtain consent from all committee members before proceeding to the dissertation work.

Dissertation (15 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 2-19 (15 credits)
  • Students must present their dissertation at an oral defense, and their committees determine whether the student passed. Finally, students must submit written copies of their dissertation with signature of their committee members. All dissertations must conform to University of South Florida format rules.

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