Politics is the study of systems of government. It aims to understand how humans create, sustain, change, and are affected by the systems that they choose or are forced to be governed by. As such, it involves the study of both individuals and the communities in which they find themselves; of people and families as well as nations, states, and international institutions. Its scope is broad and concerns everything from local political elections to international diplomacy. It is highly interdisciplinary and involves the study of economics, law, history, philosophy, and many other important disciplines that study human action and thought.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of politics and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in political science consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument, interpretation, or perspective. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.