The program is sequenced over three semesters: fall, spring and summer.
Students take a total of ten graduate courses in the Government Department. This includes five electives (at least three of which should be in the American Government subfield) and five required classes: Approaches/Topics in American Politics, Analysis of Political Data, M.A. Capstone I and II Seminars on Leadership and Process in American Government and the M.A. Writing Seminar.
In addition, students are required to participate in a 7 month practicum experience, where they are apprentice practitioners in a public or private sector position related to their particular interests and to American Government and Politics more broadly. The practicum is designed to prepare students for future careers in their chosen field.
The program culminates in a field examination in American Government and with the writing of a major applied research paper on a topic related to the practicum experience.
Fall Semester: 12 Credit Hours (4 Courses)
Required (2 courses):
GOVT-5001: Analysis of Political Data
GOVT-5200: Approaches/Topics in Am. Politics
Fall Electives (Choose 2):
GOVT 6223: Congressional Politics
GOVT 6229: Executive Branch Politics and Policy Making
Spring Semester: 12 Credit Hours (4 Courses) + 20 hours/week Practicum
Required (1 course):
GOVT-7951 MA Capstone: Practicum Workshop
Spring Electives (Choose 3):
GOVT 6233 Women and Leadership
GOVT 5227 Policy and the Business of Government
GOVT 6416 Politics in Europe
GOVT 4202 Political Speechwriting
GOVT 6228 Int. Groups & Social Movements
*Students also choose a department elective outside of the American Government field
Summer Term: 6 Credit Hours + 25- 30 Hour per week Practicum
Required (2 courses) in Summer Session
GOVT 5224: Leadership Seminar
GOVT 5222: Practicum Writing Course
Practicum Paper Due
Program Completion Celebratory Dinner