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
  • POLSCI 701 Core in Political Behavior & Identity
  • 3 additional courses from the Political Behavior & Identities 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
Year of Study Typical Student Activities
Year 1

Summer, Pre-Matriculation

 
Fall

  • MATH 790-92 Calculus and other mathematical foundations
  • POLSCI 630 Probability and Basic Regression
  • POLSCI 633S Positive Political Theory
  • POLSCI 701 Core in Political Behavior and Identities
  • POLSCI 748 Introduction to Causal Inference
  • Expected attendance at Political Behavior and Identities Workshops

  
Spring

  • POLSCI 631L Introduction to Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena
  • Advanced methods course (recommended)
  • Elective course selected from Political Behavior and Identities course listing
  • Elective
  • Expected attendance at Political Behavior and Identities Workshops

  
Summer

  • STA 230 Probability, if necessary
  • Lab work/research with faculty
  • Begin preparing for qualifying exam
Year 2

Fall and Spring

  • POLSCI 732 Research Design & Qualitative Methods
  • POLSCI 749S Advanced Game Theory
  • POLSCI 718 Core in American Politics
  • Political Behavior & Identities elective courses
  • Additional electives (selected in consultation with Ph.D. advisor)
  • Expected attendance at Political Behavior and Identities Workshops
  • Take qualifying exam at end of Spring semester

  
Summer

  • Finish prelim paper
  • Begin dissertation prospectus
Year 3

Fall

  • Defend prelim paper
  • Complete dissertation prospectus
  • Expected attendance at Political Behavior & Identities Workshops

  
Spring

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

 

Number Title Codes
POLSCI 114 From Voting to Protests: Introduction to Political Attitudes, Groups and Behaviors CCI, SS
POLSCI 115 Rules of Power: How Institutions Shape What Politics Deliver SS
POLSCI 171FS Political Polarization in the US: Causes and Consequences SS
POLSCI 172FS Racial Attitudes and Racial Politics in the United States CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 201 Public Opinion EI, SS
POLSCI 203 Women and the Political Process R, SS
POLSCI 205 Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics CCI, SS
POLSCI 207 Reason and Passion in Politics SS
POLSCI 213S Introduction to Engaged Citizenship and Social Change (Gateway Course) CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 235S Comparative Urban Politics and Policymaking CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 236S Advanced Research Seminar in Urban Politics and Policymaking CCI, R, W, SS
POLSCI 237 Religion and Foreign Policy CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 238 Racial Attitudes, Racial Prejudice, and Racial Politics CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 239S Political Communication in a Changing Media Environment R, SS
POLSCI 240 Political Psychology CCI, SS
POLSCI 258D From Machine Learning to Ethnography: Puzzles and Approaches to International Development CCI, SS
POLSCI 291-4 Sophomore/Junior Independent Study Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 305S Black Politics SS
POLSCI 319S US Comparative State Politics CCI, SS
POLSCI 374S Watchdog Reporting in Politics EI, W
POLSCI 390-4 Special Topics in Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 390S-4 Special Topics in Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 391-4 Senior Independent Study in Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 393-4 Sophomore/Junior Research Independent Study Political Behavior and Identities R
POLSCI 406S South African Life Histories CCI, R, W, CZ
POLSCI 493-4 Senior Research Independent Study in Political Behavior and Identities R
POLSCI 501S Politics and Media in the United States R, STS, W, SS
POLSCI 504S Comparative Ethnic Politics CCI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 505S Race in Comparative Perspective CCI, SS
POLSCI 507S Religion and Comparative Politics CCI, SS
POLSCI 508S Public Opinion and Behavior R, SS
POLSCI 509S Political Participation: Comparative Perspectives CCI, SS
POLSCI 521S Gender, Identity, and Public Policy R, SS
POLSCI 522S Comparative Party Politics CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 525S Race and American Politics CCI, SS
POLSCI 576 Politics and Philosophy of Self and Other EI, SS
POLSCI 590-4 Intermediate Topics in Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 590S-4 Intermediate Topics in Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 634 Social Networks and Political Interdependence R, QS, SS
POLSCI 642S Global Inequality Research Seminar CCI, R, ALP, SS
POLSCI 690-4 Advanced Topics in Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 690S-4 Advanced Topics in Political Behavior and Identities
POLSCI 701 Core in Political Behavior and Identity
POLSCI 702 Political Psychology (A)
POLSCI 703S Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics
POLSCI 704 Survey Methodology Practicum
POLSCI 706S Political Judgment and Decision Making
POLSCI 709S Research Seminar on the Politics of Behavior, Identities, and Institutions
POLSCI 711S Politics, Groups, and Identities
POLSCI 712S Values and Ideology
POLSCI 714 Workshop in Political Behavior and Identities II
POLSCI 718 Core Course in American Politics (BI, PI)
POLSCI 890-4 Political Behavior and Identities