Students in the ACD sequence must complete ether 40 hours (Option I - Capstone) or 36 hours (Option II - Thesis).
All new graduate students should be registered for POL 496, Introduction to Political Inquiry.
After taking POL 496, students must take either POL 461 or POL 497. Note: Students who take either these courses can then take the other in order to fulfill seminar requirements as listed by sequence (see below).
The remaining seminar requirements are specific to each sequence, including the Master's Degree in Political Science option, as listed in the Graduate Catalog.
Up to 3 hours of the 32 hour total may be taken in relevant courses in other departments with the prior approval of the Graduate Director.
However, with the prior approval of the Graduate Director, a student may substitute one three-credit Independent Study (POL 400) or Readings (POL 490) course for a seminar when (1) the student is taking an independent study or readings course in the summer; and (2) the instructor certifies in writing that the material covered in the summer course adequately substitutes for the material covered in a regular seminar.
With prior approval of the Graduate Director, 300-level courses that are listed in the graduate catalog can also be counted towards the 32 semester hours, if the course specifies special requirements for graduate students.
Of the 32 hours required in graduate-level courses, no more than twelve (12) hours may be credited from any combination of POL 400, 490, 491, 495, and 498.
According to Graduate School policies, no more than 20% of a student's credit hours in any degree program may be derived from public service internship hours.
Also, there are some other limitations on non-classroom credit hours; consult the Graduate Catalog.
In addition to the course requirements listed above, a student must either complete
A master's thesis
Or pass a series of comprehensive exams.
Applied Community Development students have the option of completing 39 hours of course work including a capstone paper to complete their requirements for graduation.
Comprehensive exams are not a graduation option for Applied Community Development students.