American Government

The American government concentration is designed to offer an understanding of the institutions in American Politics and the behavior of public and political actors.The concentration provides students with the methodological and analytic skills necessary for further graduate work at the doctoral level and careers in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

2020-21 Graduate Bulletin Concentration Description

Concentration Requirements

  • P S 5001 - Scope and Methods (3)
  • P S 5002 - Research Methods and Statistics (3)
  • P S 5900 - Internship in Public Affairs (3-6)*
  • P S 5030 - Seminar in American Government and Politics (3)
  • P S 5150 - Seminar in Public Policy (3)
  • 12-15 hours of graduate electives 
  • 3 hours from the following in consultation with the program director
    • P S 5010 - Seminar in Political Philosophy (3)
    • P S 5020 - Pro-Seminar in International Relations (3)
    • P S 5040 - Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
    • P S 5670 - Advanced Environmental Politics (3)

American Government Faculty 


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