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Graduate Program (Proposed)

Why Earn a M.A. in Political Science?

The primary objective of the Master of Arts Degree in Political Science (MA program) at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) is to provide students with training and expertise in several subfields such as American Politics, Border Studies/Comparative Politics, Public Policy, and International Relations. Education in these subfields will be supplemented with training in statistical and research methods providing a degree students can use to advance in the areas of education, civil service or academia, campaign management, and the private sector where these technical skills are valued. Because of the experiential focus on these subfields, students graduating from this program will have a set of marketable skills that can be broadly applied and are very desirable. A variety of different career paths will become available to our MA graduates, including but not limited to: working in government, education, political activism/campaign management, non-profit organization, and journalism among others.

Curriculum

Required Courses

  • POLS 6331 Research Methods
  • POLS 6333 Political Inquiry
  • POLS 6334 Political Thought

Required Courses: Choose One

  • POLS 6313 Comparative Politics
  • POLS 6343 International Relations
  • POLS 6364 Transnational Border Politics

Required Courses: Choose One

  • POLS 6316 Policymaking
  • POLS 6360 U.S. Institutions
  • POLS 6367 U.S. Judiciary

      Required Courses: Choose One

      • POLS 6363 Latino/a Politics
      • POLS 6365 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Cities
      • POLS 6381 Gender Theory in World Politics

      Free Elective Courses: U.S. Politics Concentration

      • POLS 6316 Policymaking
      • POLS 6360 U.S. Institutions
      • POLS 6363 Latino/a Politics
      • POLS 6365 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Cities
      • POLS 6318 Special Topics in U.S. Politics

      Free Elective Courses: Public Policy Concentration

      • POLS 6316 Policymaking
      • POLS 6317 Policy Issues and Analysis
      • POLS 6360 U.S. Institutions
      • POLS 6320 Special Topics in Public Policy

      Free Elective Courses: Border and Comparative Politics Concentration

      • POLS 6313 Comparative Politics
      • POLS 6343 International Relations
      • POLS 6364 Transnational Border Politics
      • POLS 6381 Gender Theory in World Politics
      • POLS 6319 Special Topics in Border and Comparative Politics