Mission Statement

The Master of Arts program provides a flexible curriculum for students who want to pursue goals of an advanced general education, to gain skills and knowledge suitable for various types of public or private employment, or to prepare for further work at the doctoral level. The Master of Arts program is designed for students who wish to conduct scholarly investigations in one of the following areas of political science: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Law, and Political Theory.

This focus is especially beneficial to those students who wish to pursue studies at the doctoral level.

Political science faculty members are involved in international, national, state, and local political affairs and utilize their experiences in the graduate seminars. Master of Arts students are encouraged to work along with faculty in their research and scholarly community service projects.

The faculty expects students to have a full commitment of their talents and energies in pursuing graduate study, in order that they may become competent professionals in their chosen fields, whether it is teaching, research, or administration. Our graduate courses are taught largely as seminars, where students enter fully and actively into discussion. They will be in an intellectual setting that is lively and open, where contending viewpoints are expressed on the deepest issues of politics. Students can expect to receive
support and encouragement from the faculty as they venture into new areas of knowledge.