Graduate Catalog
2017-2018
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Foundations of Political Analysis
PPAC
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Political Science (0130) Major Williams Hall Room 531 220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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Certificate Overview

This graduate certificate program targets non-degree-seeking students and students in the Virginia Tech MA program in Political Science who wish to demonstrate special competence in the Foundations of Political Analysis. This certificate responds to an existing demand by degree-seeking and non-degree students, studying on campus or on-line. It will recognize the coursework that students successfully complete as they focus on developing a foundation in political analysis.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Political Analysis will be considered from students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Virginia Tech and from non-degree and Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School. Certificates will be awarded upon application for the certificate and application for certificate conferral once course requirements have been completed.

Course Requirements

The certificate requires successful completion of a total of twelve credit hours, of which 9 credits are required courses and 3 are elective. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B. All course are for 3 credit hours. All students must complete:

* PSCI 5214 Contemporary Political Theory
* PSCI 5115 Research Methods I
* PSCI 5116 Research Methods II

In addition, students must complete at least 3 credit hours of Political Science graduate course offerings from:

  • PSCI 5344 - Political Behavior
  • PSCI 5504 - Discourse Analysis