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From the Director of Graduate Studies

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​Dr. Claire Rasmussen, Director of Graduate Studies

​The graduate program in Political Science and International Relations is a part of a growing department building on our current strengths and expanding our areas of specialty.  Our degree is organized around four subfields, International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, and Political Theory, while providing methodological training to prepare students for independent research. The size of our department enables graduate students and faculty to cultivate mentorship opportunities in research and teaching and our graduates leave with a depth of knowledge in their area of specialization accompanied by a breadth of experience in the discipline.

Our department has several particular clusters of research interest among faculty including a long-standing interest in the study of global governance involving political issues that transcend the traditional borders of the nation-state system including migration, the environment, transnational activism, religion, security, and human rights. Several of our faculty also study identity and politics with particular strengths in the study of sexuality, gender, and politics across all four of the major subfields. In addition to interest in particular substantive areas of study we also have faculty clusters focused on different approaches to the study of politics including political psychology, constructivism, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and critical theory.

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