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Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies





Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

With more than fifty full-time or jointly appointed members, the Department of Government is one of the largest political science faculties in the country. The department houses three research centers: the Center for Deliberative Polling; the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, an independent organization; and the Public Policy Clinic. The department's research resources include excellent computer facilities and an extensive collection of machine-readable social science data.

Students in the department also take advantage of many of the University's research facilities and programs, including the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Centers for Asian Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and Middle Eastern Studies. Many other units provide institutional support for political scientists, including the Brazil Center, the Clark Center for Australian Studies, and the Center for African and African American Studies.

The University has one of the largest academic libraries in the United States, with many collections of value for research in government and politics; these include the Benson Latin American Collection, the Grattan collection on Australia, the Woodrow Wilson collection, the Tobenken collection on the Russian Revolution, the Jaffe collection on political radicalism, and a variety of special materials on southern and western Americana, Southwestern history and politics, India, East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the British Commonwealth. The library system also includes the Center for American History, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the Tarlton Law Library. The Edie and Lew Wasserman Public Affairs Library contains a wide range of publications concerning public policy. The campus is the site of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, an invaluable resource for the study of twentieth-century politics.

Areas of Study

All candidates for graduate degrees are expected to develop a broad competence in the discipline as a whole as well as expertise in specific areas. The program offers specialized instruction in the following fields: American politics, comparative politics, formal theory, international relations, methodology, political behavior, political economy, political theory, public law, and public policy.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Zoltan D. Barany
Gordon A. Bennett
Catherine Boone
David Braybrooke
Bruce Buchanan II
J. Budziszewski
Walter Dean Burnham
Rodolfo O. de la Garza
Henry A. Dietz
David Van Deusen Edwards
James Enelow
James S. Fishkin
Gary P. Freeman
James K. Galbraith
Sumit Ganguly
Lawrence S. Graham
Jay P. Greene
Benjamin Gregg
Robert L. Hardgrave
Roderick P. Hart
Clement Moore Henry
John C. Higley
Melvin J. Hinich
Simon Hug
Alan Eric Kessler
Richard H. Kraemer
Sanford V. Levinson
     Tse-min Lin
William S. Livingston
Robert C. Luskin
Patricia Maclachlan
Raul L. Madrid
Janice C. May
Maxwell E. McCombs
Wallace Mendelson
Lisa J. Montoya
Robert Moser
Philip Owen Paolino
Hersel Watson Perry Jr.
Scot Powe
David F. Prindle
Gretchen Ritter
James R. Roach
Brian E. Roberts
Elspeth D. Rostow
Karl Michael Schmitt
Thomas K. Seung
Daron Shaw
Charles M. Silver
Bartholomew H. Sparrow
Peter Trubowitz
Jeffrey K. Tulis
Robert Harrison Wagner

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts.The master's degree program requires either twenty-four semester hours of coursework and Government 698, the thesis course; or thirty hours of coursework and Government 398R, the report course. At least six hours must be taken as supporting work outside the department.

Doctor of Philosophy. A doctoral degree candidate must fulfill the following general requirements: (1) complete three foundation courses in political science and more specialized coursework in three fields of study; (2) complete six hours of coursework outside the department; (3) demonstrate language proficiency or competence in quantitative research methods; (4) pass written examinations in two fields and demonstrate competence in a third field through coursework; (5) prepare and defend a dissertation proposal; and (6) write an original dissertation and successfully defend it in oral examination. Additional information on specific requirements and procedures is available from the department.

For More Information

Campus address: Burdine Hall (BUR) 536, phone (512) 471-5121, fax (512) 471-1061; campus mail code: A1800

Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Government, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1087



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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