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Graduate Program

The Political Science Department considers PhD student research and training to be a core element of our mission. Our graduate students benefit from rigorous training by faculty who are internationally recognized for their research; an expert and diverse program in political science methods; close interaction with faculty members; and many opportunities for professional development. Because of our small program, we provide more personalized instruction, support, and mentoring than is typically found at larger institutions. 

Our graduate program offers intensive training in four fields of political science: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. Students take courses in multiple subfields and diverse methodologies, taking advantage of the nationally-recognized expertise our faculty demonstrate across the subfields to build a "many models" approach to scientific thinking.