5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Graduate Program   The department offers graduate programs leading to M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Government and in Foreign Affairs. Each of the programs, while emphasizing a specialized study pattern, is based upon a curriculum composed of the following four major fields:
  1. American Politics
  2. Comparative Politics
  3. International Relations
  4. Political Theory
M.A. in Government   The candidate is required to pass 24 credits of courses at the 500 level and above, one of which must be a designated research methods course. A thesis is required as well as demonstration of competence in either a foreign language or statistics and quantitative methods.

M.A. in Foreign Affairs   The candidate is required to pass 24 credits of courses at the 500 level and above, one of which must be a designated research methods course. A thesis is required as well as demonstration of competence in either a foreign language or statistics and quantitative methods.

M.A.-J. D. in Government and Law   The Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the School of Law, offers a combined program leading to the degrees of J.D. and M.A.

M.A.-M.B.A. in Government and Business   The Department of Government and Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, offers a combined program leading to the degrees of M.B.A. and M.A.

Doctoral Programs   Students must pass a comprehensive examination in one of the four major fields. A distributional requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways, by taking: (a) a comprehensive examination in a second field; (b) five courses in a second field, one of which is a designated departmental core course; (c) three courses in each of two additional fields, with one of these a designated core course from each field. Students must also choose an “area of concentration,” which consists of five courses, taken in preparation for dissertation research, to be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Before admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, the student must have received the M.A. degree (either in the department or at another university); completed 72 credits of graduate courses, seminars, and non-topical research, including one designated departmental research methods course; and demonstrated either a reading knowledge of one language and competence in statistics and quantitative methods or a reading knowledge of two languages; passed a comprehensive examination; satisfied distributional and area of concentration requirements; and secured approval of a dissertation prospectus.

Language Requirements   Competence in a foreign language is demonstrated by passing a test administered by the appropriate language department at this University (achieving a grade of B in a language course at the 202 level, taken at this University after admission to the graduate program is treated as equivalent to passing the test), or by presenting viva voce evidence to a person acknowledged by the department as capable of evaluating competence in the language.

Competence in statistics and quantitative methods may be demonstrated (a) by successfully completing two courses in the department in statistics and quantitative research; or (b) by a satisfactory performance on a test administered by the department.

Center for Public Service is described under Special Programs and Centers at the beginning of this chapter.

White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs is described under Special Programs and Centers at the beginning of this chapter.

Area Studies   The department participates in programs sponsored by interdepartmental committees on Asian, Latin American, and Russian and East European area studies.


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