International and Comparative Politics
IntroductionThe Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics prepares students who intend to continue their education in a Ph.D. program in international relations, comparative politics, or a related field. The program also provides continuing international education opportunities for those working in the public or private sector. Graduate seminars, independent readings, and practicum opportunities enable students to explore the scholarship in their field and its applications. Students may select from among three specialized areas of study: Peace and Security Studies, International Organizations, and Area Studies. Students are required to complete or demonstrate proficiency either in quantitative research methods or modern foreign language. The degree culminates in either a traditional thesis or a project developed in consultation with a program advisor. The program now offers a dual degree option with the Master of Public Administration.
AdmissionApplicants to the International and Comparative Politics M.A. degree program must meet the graduate schools admission criteria, and should additionally demonstrate in their letter of application letter how their undergraduate and/or professional record will be enhanced by participation in the program. Candidates should also prepare an essay that discusses a current issue or policy related to international affairs or comparative politics. The essay should be approximately 500 words and should use secondary sources.
Edward Fitzgerald, international law, natural resource law
Charles Funderburk, political corruption
December Green, Africa, human rights, gender violence
Donna M. Schlagheck, American foreign policy, terrorism, United Nations
Robert Thobaben (emeritus), political thought
James Walker (emeritus), peace studies
Liam Anderson, Europe, Central Asia, Russia, weapons of mass destruction, Iraq
John Feldmeier, comparative constitutions, politics and ethics
Laura Luehrmann, China, East Asia, democratization, social movements
Pramod Kantha, South Asia, comparative political theory, nationalism
Vaugh Shannon, Arab-Israeli conflict, international security, foreign policy decision-making
Mark Sirkin (emeritus), Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian relations
Tracy Snipe, Africa, France, radical black thought
Sean Wilson, law, language and politics
Rashida Hussain, international Law, theory, American foreign policy
Financial AssistanceThe ICP program offers several graduate assistantships. Graduate scholarships are also available. Awards of financial assistance are generally for the entire academic year, which begins with the fall quarter. Applications for assistantships are obtained from the ICP office and should be submitted to that office by March 31.
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