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From the Director of Graduate Studies

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​Dr. Claire Rasmussen, Director of Graduate Studies

Our graduate program in Political Science has been transforming, reflecting changes in the discipline, shifts in the political landscape, and the addition new faculty who have expanded the depth and breadth of our offerings. We now offer degrees specializing in four of the major subfields which you may explore in greater depth by looking at the pages for each subfield:  International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, and Political Theory. Within each of these fields we offer coursework as well as faculty mentorship, encouraging students to get grounding in the traditional subfields as well as designing a research program drawing from our different faculty strengths. Within and across subfields we have clusters of faculty specializing in Global Governance, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology, Security Studies, Critical Theory, Constructivism, and Gender and Politics. Our department complements training inside the department with interdisciplinary ties with Gender and Women Studies, Communications, Psychology, Africana Studies, Global and Area Studies, and others. 

In addition to expanding our footprint in Political Science, we have been revising, expanding, and improving our methodology training to provide students with access to a variety of methodological skills through coursework inside and outside the department in addition to off-campus opportunities such as attending the ICPSR at the University of Michigan and the Consortium for Qualitative and Multi-method research at Syracuse University. 

While ours is primarily a PhD program, a limited number of MA students may be admitted. To help students navigate the discipline our students select a concentration among the subfields in consultation with faculty.  PhD students pursue two fields, while MA students pursue one. Each subfield offers students opportunities to explore in depth complex theoretical, conceptual, and practical questions related to particular issues, and to develop specific research interests under the guidance of distinguished faculty.

Approximately 50 graduate students from all over the USA and the world are currently enrolled in our graduate program. Our faculty provide close advising and mentoring to our graduate students who find a collegial atmosphere in the Department. Through colloquia, seminars, and an annual spring speaker series, we offer a stimulating intellectual environment. In addition, we provide our advanced graduate students with opportunities to teach their own courses. Finally, we encourage our advanced graduate students to present their research at conferences and to publish their scholarship in peer-reviewed journals.

We are excited about the growth and new directions in graduate education in our department and at our University, and we encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our program. Should you have additional questions, please contact Professor Claire Rasmussen (cerasmus@udel.edu), Director of Graduate Studies.

​Dr. Claire Rasmussen

Director of Graduate Studies

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  • Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • 347 Smith Hall, 18 Amstel Ave, Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2355; Fax: 302-831-4452
  • Email: poscir-info@udel.edu