Through rigorous research and applied curriculum, the PhD in Political Science provides an in-depth understanding of politics and government and the underpinnings of national and global civil society.

In the contemporary world, understanding politics and policy is one key to successful, peaceful, and prosperous national and global civil society. The PhD program in Political Science equips you with the politics and international studies expertise to make an impact not only in American political life and thought but also in political arenas around the globe. You will develop the analytical ability and practical experience for both academic and research-based positions. Our highly engaged faculty-scholars conduct research on a range of contemporary issues, such as voting rights, non-state war, the rise of China, conserving liberty, environmental justice, state capacity, data visualization, citizen participation, globalization, corruption, the administrative state, and immigration. Our program prepares scholars for academic careers, teaching, and research as well as government and public service.

Program Highlights
  • PhD students typically complete the 72-unit program in five years.
  • All students choose two areas of concentrated study from American Politics, Political Philosophy, Public Policy, and Methods.
  • Our graduates work in government and the private sector, at NGOs and international institutions; they are also found teaching at prestigious universities across the world.
  • Pursue your PhD in Political Science in conjunction with another degree, such as an MA in Psychology. You earn a diploma for each degree and  “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
72 units

COMPLETION TIME
4 years (full-time) to 7 years (part-time)

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring | Summer

DIVISION
Division of Politics & Economics

DEGREE AWARDED
PhD in Political Science

Featured Courses

PP 456
Topics in Ancient Political Philosophy

Examines Plato’s brief dialogue Minos, which examines the question “What is law?” That dialogue refers to the Cretan legislation of Minos as the oldest and best example of law available to us and evokes its claim to have a divine source. The rest of the seminar will examine Plato’s Laws.

PP 330
Public Policy Process

Examines how policy is formed, framed, and filtered in the American political system. Various theories and models of policy making are examined and compared.

PP 307
The Modern Presidency

Offers an overview and a framework for understanding the role the president occupies in contemporary American politics through different political science approaches to presidential research.

PP 338
Policy Design and Implementation

Explores how policy analysis can help us devise better public policies—and then make them work in practice.

PP 301
American Political Development

Provides a grounding in fundamental issues of American political development: citizenship, constitutionalism, party formation, state building, reform movements, and the construction of political identity.

ECON 382
Econometrics I

Explores the theory and application of simple and multiple regression analysis and the background needed for more advanced theoretical and applied econometrics courses.

Areas of Concentration

 

Faculty & Research

  • Mark Blitz profile image

    Mark Blitz

    Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy
    Field Chair, Political Philosophy
    Director, Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom

    Research Interests

    Political science, Philosophy, Plato, Heidegger, American politics

  • Heather E. Campbell profile image

    Heather E. Campbell

    Chair, Department of Politics & Government
    Professor, Department of Politics & Government
    Field Chair, Public Policy

    Research Interests

    Environmental policy, Public policy, Water policy, Racial profiling, Housing, K–12 education, Student evaluations of teaching, Public utility regulation

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

  • Christopher N. Krewson profile image

    Christopher N. Krewson

    Assistant Professor, Department of Politics & Government

    Research Interests

    American political institutions, Judicial behavior, Public opinion, Research methodology

  • Javier Rodríguez profile image

    Javier Rodríguez

    Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    Public and health policy, social inequality; Causal identification in policy analysis and program evaluation; Quantitative methods for social science research

  • Jean Reith Schroedel profile image

    Jean Reith Schroedel

    Professor of Political Science
    Field Chair, American Politics

    Research Interests

    Native American voting rights, American political development, women and politics, religion and politics, and congressional policy-making

  • Sallama Shaker profile image

    Sallama Shaker

    Full Clinical Professor of Middle East & International Studies

    Research Interests

    Power politics, religion, and culture in the Middle East; Feminization of poverty and global challenges; Islam state politics; Islamic feminism; Cultural diversity; Globalization

  • Michael Uhlmann profile image

    Michael Uhlmann

    Professor of Government
    Director, Tribal Administration Certificate Program

    Research Interests

    American presidency, Executive–congressional relations, Federal judiciary,
    Federal administrative process, National security decision making

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Jeremy McWells

Assistant Director of Admissions
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E: jeremy.mcwells@cgu.edu