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POLS698 - Comprehensive Examination in Political Science

Course Details

Course Code: POLS698 Course ID: 3572 Credit Hours: 0 Level: Graduate

The comprehensive final examination is for students in the Master of Arts in Political Science program. The "Comprehensive Exam" is tailored specifically to each program and must be taken after students have completed 36 hours of study (i.e. during the semester following the final course) and must be successfully completed before the award of a degree. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a structured and self-paced review of key concepts, theories, and knowledge skill sets in the field of political science. Preparation for a comprehensive examination, however, is the student’s responsibility.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  1. Analyze the fundamental theories and philosophies of government, governance, economy, and civil society and apply them to contemporary political systems.
  2. Evaluate the political elements of representative democracy and compare and contrast those elements with other political systems.
  3. Assemble and evaluate the appropriate information and data used in the social, economic, foreign affairs, and security policy-making realm.
  4. Assess the actors and processes involved in policymaking and evaluate policy implementation outcomes in various sectors to include the social, economic, foreign policy, and security policy domains.

There are three practice essays that are scored similarly to the way the exam will be scored. The instructor will provide feedback on how to complete and improve responses, including whether and how relevant political science literature has been incorporated into the response.

If the quality of the practice essays does not meet the threshold of passing, it is likely that the comprehensive exam will not reach the threshold to pass either.

The Comprehensive Exam has eight essay questions, from which the student will choose four to answer. It is a Pass/Fail exam. Results of fail, pass, and pass with distinction are based on the exam rubrics. The exam is proctored.

NameGrade %
Unassigned Comprehensive Exam
Book Title: No books required. A study guide will be in the classroom, referring to past courses & their books.
Author: NOTE
Publication Info:

Book Title:No books required. A study guide will be in the classroom, referring to past courses & their books.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.