The rigorous training and applied nature of the International Politics & Political Science program prepares scholars who are ready to visibly contribute to the profession as they expand the boundaries of research and teaching.

The goal of the program is to prepare academic and professional leaders with advanced analytical research skills and deep understanding of theory and policy to make a difference for sustainable peace and prosperity. Our integrated PhD curriculum and required methods training prepare you to make an impact within the realm of international affairs. You’ll learn cutting-edge technical and analytical skills, engage with theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and master applications and policy issues in the real world. Our research spans international relations, security and conflict, deterrence and proliferation, international trade and investment, democracy and democratic transitions, political institutions, electoral politics, poverty reduction, political demography, urbanization, and more.

Program Highlights
  • PhD students complete the 72-unit program in six years on average.
  • Choose a concentration in the fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, or Computational Analytics.
  • Our graduates work in government agencies across the globe, in the private sector, and at NGOs and multilateral institutions.
  • Our PhD alumni are also found teaching at prestigious universities across the world.

Program at a Glance

72 units

3-6 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

International Studies

PhD in International Politics & Political Science

Featured Courses

TNDY 401
Nature of Inquiry: Researching Indigeneity

Explores alternative ways of approaching research and critiques ways that knowledge has traditionally been acquired, from the Enlightenment period onward.

Seminar in Conflict & Peace

Introduces the study of conflict and investigates the broad topics of war and peace.

World Politics

Provides a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations.

Political Economy of China

Discusses the origins, processes, and prospects of economic and political transformations in China since the late 1970s.

SPE 352
Comparative Political Economy

Examines interactions between capitalism and democracy, with particular emphasis on how the economy affects politics and how political institutions shape economic policies.

SPE 411
Advanced International Political Economy

Introduces the major theories and topics in international political economy; helps students begin to think about how to contribute to the current research frontier in the field.

Areas of Concentration


Interfield PhDs in International Studies

In conjunction with other departments and schools, the International Studies Department offers interfield PhD degrees in Political Science, Political Science/Economics, a dual PhD in Political Science/MBA, and a dual PhD in Political Science/EMBA. These degree programs attract students interested in academic careers, teaching, research, government and public or NGO service, and positions in the private sector where an in-depth knowledge of domestic and international politics, economics and business is of importance.

Faculty & Research
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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

Research Interests

International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of China and Latin America, Quantitative Methodology

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Mark Abdollahian

Full Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Professor, International Studies
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality


Affiliated & Extended Faculty

In addition CGU’s core international studies faculty, students may take courses with tenured or tenure-track international studies faculty throughout The Claremont Colleges.

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