The department of Political Science covers the four main subfields in the discipline:
1) American politics focuses on the behavior of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government; state and local politics; the influence of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties on decision-making; and issues of race and gender.
2) Comparative politics focuses on the comparative study of the behavior of governments and political institutions, non-governmental actors across the world, and on the relationships between political and economic factors in different cultures and societies.
3) International politics considers how political decisions are made in a world without a central authority above the nation-state. Recent emphases include a significant role for international law, norms, and organizations.
4) Political theory seeks to analyze both historically and philosophically the origins and underpinnings of political values.
Additional resources: A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, John Hazen White Sr. Public Opinion Laboratory, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies. Brown participates in an exchange scholar program that enables graduate students to take a course or two at Harvard University.
A.M.: The department does not have a separate master's program; students can earn the A.M. on the way to the Ph.D. The A.M. requires passing eight 2000-level Political Science courses with a grade of B or better.
Ph.D.: The Ph.D. requires passing twelve courses with a grade of B or better of which at least 10 courses must be taken within the Political Science department (two may be taken from a related discipline), including Research Methods POLS2000, a Statistics course POLS2580 or POLS2590, Prospectus writing POLS2050 and POLS2051; two field proseminars (choose two of four - POLS2100 American, POLS2110 Comparative, POLS2120 Theory, POLS2130 IR); modern foreign language, if appropriate for the dissertation; written and oral preliminary examinations; written and oral presentation of dissertation proposal; dissertation; and oral defense.
Admission requirements: Writing sample required
GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: February 1