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Studying American Politics at Vanderbilt

As part of the general requirements of the program, students electing American politics as a first or second field for examination must take two courses to qualify to take the comprehensive examination.

These two courses are:

  1. Introduction to American political institutions
  2. Introduction to American political behavior


Students must complete PSCI 8355 Research Design, PSCI 8356 Statistics for Political Research I, PSCI 8357 Statistics for Political Research II, and a third methodology course. We encourage our students to take full advantage of the many opportunities we provide to receive additional methodological training both inside and outside of Vanderbilt.