Political Behavior & Identities

This field is concerned with understanding and explaining mass political behavior, opinion, and identities.  This broadly includes the formation and acquisition of political attitudes, beliefs, and preferences by individuals and groups; how those beliefs, attitudes, and preferences, as well as various social identities, map onto political behaviors and decision-making. Specific areas of study within this field include the origin, nature, and measurement of public opinion; political psychology; voting and participation; campaigns and elections; media and information; political parties; collective action; and disruptive political action.

First Field

Coursework

Coursework requirements include POLSCI 701 and 3 additional courses from the B&I course listing.

Qualifying Procedure

You will take a written examination at the end of your second year. This examination will assess whether or not you have attained a firm command of the literature in the field. You must demonstrate competencies in American and Comparative political behavior, opinion, and identities.  The qualifying procedure will not normally include an oral element, but the examination committee may, at its discretion, administer an oral examination to a student whose written examination the committee deems is in need of an oral defense.

Preliminary Examination

Each student who passes the qualifying procedure in Political Behavior & Identities is required to submit and present for defense before a committee of faculty in that field an original, plausibly publishable research paper on a relevant topic. This must be submitted no later than the end of the first semester of your third year of graduate study. The committee administering the preliminary examination may pass a student with distinction on the basis of both your performance in the qualifying procedure and in your paper presentation and defense.

Second Field

Coursework
  • POLSCI 701 Core in Political Behavior & Identity course
  • 3 additional courses from the Political Behavior & Identities course listing

Typical Graduate Study Timeline

Year of Study Typical Student Activities
Year 1

Summer

Fall

  • MATH 790-92 Calculus for Social Science Research
  • POLSCI 630 Probability and Linear Models
  • POLSCI 701 Core in Political Behavior and Identities
  • Elective course selected from Political Behavior and Identities course listing
  • Required attendance at Workshop in Political Behavior and Identities

Spring

  • POLSCI 631L Introduction to Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena
  • POLSCI 733 Maximum Likelihood Methods
  • Elective course selected from Political Behavior and Identities course listing
  • Elective
  • Required attendance at Workshop in Political Behavior and Identities

Summer

  • STA 230 Probability, if necessary
  • Participate in faculty research project
  • Begin preparing for qualifying exam
Year 2

Fall and Spring

  • An approved research design course (e.g., POLSCI 890-5, POLSCI 732)
  • POLSCI 749S Advanced Game Theory
  • POLSCI 718 Core in American Politics
  • Political Behavior & Identities elective courses
  • Additional methods electives (selected in consultation with Ph.D. advisor)
  • Required attendance at Workshop in Political Behavior & Identities
  • Take qualifying procedure

Summer

  • Finish prelim paper
  • Begin dissertation prospectus
Year 3

Fall

  • Defend prelim paper
  • Complete dissertation prospectus
  • Regular attendance and participation in Political Behavior & Identities Workshops

Spring

  • Defend prospectus
  • Submit prelim paper for publication
  • Regular attendance and participation in Political Behavior & Identities Workshops
Year 4
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Regular attendance and participation in Political Behavior & Identities Workshops
Year 5
  • Dissertation work
  • Present new paper/chapter at the end of year conference in late spring
  • Regular attendance and participation in Political Behavior & Identities Workshops

 

Course Number Title Crosslisting Numbers
POLSCI 701 Core in Political Behavior and Identity
POLSCI 718 Core Course in American Politics
POLSCI 501S Politics and Media in the United States Canadian Studies, Arts of the Moving Image, Policy Journalism and Media
POLSCI 504S Comparative Ethnic Politics
POLSCI 505S Race in Comparative Perspective ICS 505S
POLSCI 507S Religion and Comparative Politics
POLSCI 508S Public Opinion and Behavior
POLSCI 509S Political Participation: Comparative Perspectives ICS 511S
POLSCI 510S Collective Action and Social Movements
POLSCI 512S Values and Ideology
POLSCI 521S Gender, Identity, and Public Policy PUBPOL 530S, WOMENST 515S
POLSCI 522S Comparative Party Politics Canadian Studies
POLSCI 525S Race and American Politics AAAS 544S, PUBPOL 526S
POLSCI 563S Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy
POLSCI 576 Politics and Philosophy of Self and Other
POLSCI 634 Social Networks and Political Interdependence
POLSCI 642S Global Inequality Research Seminar AAAS 642S, ECON 541S, SOCIOL 642S, PUBPOL 645S
POLSCI 690-4 Advanced Topics in Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 690S-4 Advanced Topics in Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 702 Political Psychology PSY 717
POLSCI 703S Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics AAAS 740S, PUBPOL 845S
POLSCI 704 Measuring Public Opinion: Survey Methodology and Design
POLSCI 711S Politics, Groups, and Identities
POLSCI 713 Workshop in Political Behavior and Identities I
POLSCI 714 Workshop in Political Behavior and Identities II
POLSCI 890-4 Political Behavior and Identities

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