The Master of Arts in Political Science, Power, Justice, and Democracy Specialization analyzes contemporary theories of justice, democracy, development, and inequality from both domestic and international perspectives using interdisciplinary evidence, diverse perspectives, and multiple approaches. Specialists in this field develop methodological skills for analyzing and interpreting contemporary social and political problems around such topics as development, ecology, gender, race, sexuality, social movements, and peacebuilding for private or public organizations.

Effective Fall 2021

Core Course:
POLS 672Power, Justice, and Democracy3
Methods Courses:6
Select one course from the following:
Approaches to the Study of Politics
Scope and Methods of Political Science
Select one course from the following:
Qualitative Methods in Political Science
Quantitative Methods of Political Research I
Advanced Topics--Research Methods 1
POLS Electives 26
Track Specialization Electives (see list below) 36
Interdisciplinary Elective (see list below)3
POLS 699Thesis6
Program Total Credits:30

Track Specialization Electives (Select a minimum of 6 credits)2

POLS 405Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics3
POLS 413U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties3
POLS 420History of Political Thought3
POLS 421Contemporary Political Theories3
POLS 422Democratic Theory3
POLS 442Environmental Politics in Developing World3
POLS 443Comparative Social Movements3
POLS 462Globalization, Sustainability, and Justice3
POLS 463Urban Policy and Management3
POLS 501Citizen Politics in the U.S.3
POLS 509Gender and the Law3
POLS 520Theories of Political Action3
POLS 532Governance of the World Political Economy3
POLS 541Political Economy of Change and Development3
POLS 542Democracy and Democratization3
POLS 729Political Theory and the Environment3
POLS 739International Environmental Politics3

Interdisciplinary Electives (Select 3 credits) 

ANTH 447Gender Equity in Development3
ANTH 505Resilience, Well-Being, and Social Justice3
E 502The Politics of Literacy3
EDHE 661Inclusive University3
EDOD 667Power-Politics-Influence in Organizations3
EDUC 715Critical Theory, Educational Equity & Praxis3
ETST 365Global Environmental Justice Movements3
SOC 322Introduction to Environmental Justice3
SOC 324Food Justice3
SOC 362Social Change3
SOC 462Applied Social Change3
SOC 564Environmental Justice3
SOC 660Theories of Development and Social Change3
SPCM 357Film and Social Change3

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.  

Effective Fall 2021 

Core Course:
POLS 672Power, Justice, and Democracy3
Methods Courses:
Select one course from the following:3
Approaches to the Study of Politics
Scope and Methods of Political Science
Select one course from the following:3
Qualitative Methods in Political Science
Quantitative Methods of Political Research I
Advanced Topics--Research Methods 1
POLS Electives 26
Track Specialization Electives (see list below) 36
Interdisciplinary Elective (see list below)3
Additional POLS Electives 3,412
Program Total Credits:36

Track Specialization Electives (Select a minimum of 6 credits)2

POLS 405Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics3
POLS 413U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties3
POLS 420History of Political Thought3
POLS 421Contemporary Political Theories3
POLS 422Democratic Theory3
POLS 442Environmental Politics in Developing World3
POLS 443Comparative Social Movements3
POLS 462Globalization, Sustainability, and Justice3
POLS 463Urban Policy and Management3
POLS 501Citizen Politics in the U.S.3
POLS 509Gender and the Law3
POLS 520Theories of Political Action3
POLS 532Governance of the World Political Economy3
POLS 541Political Economy of Change and Development3
POLS 542Democracy and Democratization3
POLS 729Political Theory and the Environment3
POLS 739International Environmental Politics3

Interdisciplinary Electives (Select 3 credits)

ANTH 447Gender Equity in Development3
ANTH 505Resilience, Well-Being, and Social Justice3
E 502The Politics of Literacy3
EDHE 661Inclusive University3
EDOD 667Power-Politics-Influence in Organizations3
EDUC 715Critical Theory, Educational Equity & Praxis3
ETST 365Global Environmental Justice Movements3
SOC 322Introduction to Environmental Justice3
SOC 324Food Justice3
SOC 362Social Change3
SOC 462Applied Social Change3
SOC 564Environmental Justice3
SOC 660Theories of Development and Social Change3
SPCM 357Film and Social Change3

A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this program.