Political Science - Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science
302 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2060
polisci@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/polisci


Description

The Ph.D. degree in Political Science prepares students for research and teaching careers in higher education and for research-based careers in fields that are focused on political, economic and social issues. The degree program is broadly focused on the dynamics surrounding representation, equity, conflict, human rights, development and conflict resolution. Students develop their own research questions in an interdisciplinary and theoretically sophisticated way. Students work with faculty mentors throughout their degree program and often develop and present their own research at regional or national conferences.

The Political Science major comprises the following concentrations, from which students select two:

  • American Politics and Policy
  • Conflict Analysis and Management
  • Transnational and Comparative Politics

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • GRE scores
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of political science and be able to address real world issues and problems. 
  2. Attain research and methodological skills that will further their research and make them attractive to future employers. 
  3. Effectively communicate research findings and implications to a range of audiences including scholars, practitioners and citizens.
 
 
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
POL 70002SCOPE AND EPISTEMOLOGY 3
POL 70003QUANTITATIVE METHODS I 3
POL 70004QUANTITATIVE METHODS II 3
POL 71094COLLEGE TEACHING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 1
POL 81199DISSERTATION I 130
Research Tool 20-3
Additional Approved Electives for Post-Bachelor's Students0-26
Advanced Research Methods, choose from the following:3
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
ANALYTIC TECHNIQUES OF POLICY-MAKING
SEMINAR:QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Concentrations
Choose two from the following: 321
American Politics and Policy
Conflict Analysis and Management
Transnational and Comparative Politics
Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Bachelor's Students90
Minimum Total Credit Hours:64

Minimum Total Post Bachelor's: 90

1

Dissertation is required. Doctoral students must complete additional approved electives, including research, to reach a minimum of 30 credit hours post-master's (or equivalent advanced degree) or a minimum of 60 credit hours post-bachelor's prior to enrolling in POL 81199. Upon completion of course requirements and candidacy exams, doctoral students must register for POL 81199 for two semesters for a total of 30 credit hours, and thereafter POL 81299, until all requirements for the degree have been met.

2

This requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating mastery of a foreign language (0 credit hours) or by successfully completing a graduate-level methodological course (3 credit hours) in any discipline (including qualitative methods, quantitative methods or other methodological skills) pertaining to the student's proposed dissertation research.

3

Students select two concentrations. For the first concentration, students complete one proseminar and three elective courses (12 credit hours). For the second concentration, students complete one proseminar and two elective courses (9 credit hours).

Residency Requirement

Students must spend two consecutive semesters pursuing doctoral studies.

Graduation Requirements

  • Passage of two field exams in their two areas of concentration
  • Completion of a research tool requirement
  • Write and defend both a dissertation prospectus and dissertation
 

American Politics and Policy Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-POL-AMPP]

Concentration Requirements
POL 70101PROSEMINAR IN AMERICAN POLITICS AND POLICY 3
Concentration Electives 16-9
AMERICAN POLICY PROCESS
CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENCY AND THE COURTS
FEDERALISM AND STATE POLICYMAKING
URBAN POLICY AND POLITICS
AMERICAN POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN POLITICS AND POLICY
BUREAUCRACY AND THE POLICYMAKING PROCESS
Advisor-Approved Electives
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9-12
1

If first declared concentration, students complete three elective courses (9 credit hours). If second declared concentration, students complete two elective courses (6 credit hours).

Conflict Analysis and Management Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-POL-CAMT]

Concentration Requirements
POL 70901PROSEMINAR IN CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT 3
Concentration Electives 16-9
CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION AND RECONCILIATION
POWER, CONFLICT AND THE POLITICS OF GENDER
IDENTITY DRIVEN CONFLICTS
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND NONVIOLENT CONFLICTS
POLITICAL VIOLENCE
TERRORISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS
SEMINAR IN CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT
Advisor-Approved Electives
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9-12
1

If first declared concentration, students complete three elective courses (9 credit hours). If second declared concentration, students complete two elective courses (6 credit hours).

Transnational and Comparative Politics Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-POL-TNCP]

Concentration Requirements
POL 70501PROSEMINAR IN TRANSNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND POLICY 3
Concentration Electives 16-9
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS
POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
STRATEGIC PLANNING
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
SEMINAR IN TRANSNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND POLICY
Advisor-Approval Electives
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9-12
1

If first declared concentration, students complete three elective courses (9 credit hours). If second declared concentration, students complete two elective courses (6 credit hours).