Aug 09, 2020
Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 36
CIP Code: 45.1001
Dept. Code: IGS
Major/College Codes: POL AS
Africana Studies (AFA)
College: Arts and Sciences
Department: School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS)
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
The graduate major leading to the M.A. in Political Science is designed to offer advanced general instruction in Political Science. It prepares its graduates for positions of responsibility in the public and private sectors, as well as in research, teaching, and study at the doctoral level.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- GRE required
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source
- A 500-word statement of academic interest
- Official transcripts
- Must have an undergraduate background in political science.
Total Minimum Hours: 36 credit hours
Common Core – 12 credit hours
Major Field or Concentration 9 credit hours
Electives – 9 credit hours minimum
Thesis/Non-Thesis – 6 credit hours
For instructional purposes, the graduate curriculum in Political Science has been divided into four fields:
Field 1 Comparative Politics (courses with a CPO prefix)
Field 2 International Relations (courses with an INR prefix)
Field 3 American Government (courses with a PUP, POS, or URP prefix)
Field 4 Political Theory (courses with a POT prefix)
Common Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)
Disciplinary Seminar Requirements
Required Research Methods Sequence
Major Field or Concentration
Students may either choose a Major Field of study, or the concentration in Africana Studies
Major Field (9 Credit Hours)
In addition to the core course in major area, three additional courses in the core area are chosen from American
Government, Political Theory, International Relations, or Comparative Politics.
Concentration in Africana Studies (9 Credit Hours)
Electives (9 Credit Hours Minimum)
Electives have to be approved by the Graduate Director. Other graduate courses may also be taken as electives, with approval by the Graduate Director.
Electives include, but are not limited to:
Thesis/Non Thesis (6 Credit Hours Minimum)
Students must enroll in either POS 6971 or AFA 6971 (Africana Studies Concentration students)Thesis: Master’s for a minimum of 6 credit hours. In their thesis, students must provide new insight into a relevant topic in political science or international studies. As students approach the thesis stage, they need to compose a thesis committee consisting of a major professor, who must be a member of the Department of Government and International Affairs, and two readers. One of the two readers can be from another department, but that person must first be approved by the Graduate Director. The thesis committee must approve proposals before students embark on their projects. Students must prepare a written thesis and defend their work in a formal oral presentation before their committee.
Students who choose a non-thesis option will be required to complete an additional 6 hours of course work at the 6000 level. The student is required to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a substantial literature review of approximately 50 pages in his or her major field, or in the Africana Studies Concentration.
- Elective - Structured course approved by the Graduate Director Credit(s): 3
And one of the following:
For students in the thesis option, successful completion of the Thesis serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. For students in the non-thesis option, the extensive literature review determines competency and serves as the equivalent of a comprehensive examination.