5602 Haven Hall
May be elected as a departmental concentration program
Christopher Achen, Mathematical and statistical theory, public policy analysis, American politics and international relations
Robert Axelrod, Mathematical models of politics, Decision-making, Game theory, National security policy
John C. Campbell, Japan, Organizational decision-making, public policy, and gerontology
John R. Chamberlin, Ethics and public policy, American political thought, Formal political theory, Mathematical models of Social Science
Michael D. Cohen, Modelling methods, Organizational decision-making
Mary Corcoran, American government and politics, Public Policy and administration, Research methods, Poverty and Inequality
Zvi Y. Gitelman, Soviet, East European and Israeli politics
Edie N. Goldenberg, Politics and the mass media, Bureaucracy and public policy
Ronald Inglehart, Comparative political behavior, Mass participation and communication, Advanced industrial societies
John Jackson, American politics, Political economy
Harold K. Jacobson, World politics, International political economy, International security, International organizations
M. Kent Jennings, American, Methods, Political elites, Public opinion, Socialization
Donald R. Kinder, Public opinion and political action, Psychological perspectives, Research methods
John W. Kingdon, American national government, Legislative behavior, Public policy
Daniel H. Levine, Comparative politics, Religion and politics, Urbanization, Cultural change, Latin America, Contemporary social theory
Kenneth Lieberthal, Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Sino-Soviet relations, Comparative communism
Gregory B. Markus, Mathematical and statistical modelling, American mass politics
Lawrence B. Mohr, Organization theory, Quantitative methods, Program evaluation
A.F.K. Organski, International politics, Comparative politics, Political economy, Development
Roy Pierce, French, European and Comparative political institutions and behavior
Steven Rosenstone, American government and politics, Quantitative methods
Arlene Saxonhouse, Ancient and modern political theory, Women in political thought
J. David Singer, World politics, International security, Foreign policy, Theory and method, Peace research
Raymond Tanter, American foreign policy, Middle East in World politics, International security affairs
William Zimmerman, Comparative foreign policy, Soviet Union, East Europe
Michael C. Dawson, Afro-American politics, Urban politics, American political economy
Matthew Evangelista, World politics, Soviet politics, Arms race
Martha S. Feldman, Organization theory and behavior, Public policy and administration, Political theory
Richard Lee Hall, American national institutions, Legislative behavior, Elite socialization and psychology, Public policy
Don Herzog, History of political thought, Contemporary political thought, Moral and social theory, Jurisprudence and constitutional law
Kim Scheppele, Law and society, Legal theory, Normative systems, Sociology of information, Mass media, Communication policy, Decision making
Ernest Wilson IV, Comparative industrial policy, Political economy, Energy policy, African politics
Nancy Burns, American local politics and institutions, methodology, gender and politics, and political participation
Jill Crystal, Comparative Middle East (Persian Gulf), Political development
G. Douglas Dion, American politics, formal theory, Legislative processes, American political development, History of Political Thought
Edward Gibson, Comparative Politics; Democratization; Third World/Latin America
Daniela Gobetti, Political theory, History of political thought
Theodore Hopf, World politics, International peace and security, Soviet Union
Yasheng Huang, Comparative government and politics; comparative political economy, Chinese government and politics
John Huber, Comparative Government and Politics; Formal Political Theory; Political Institutions; French Politics
Paul Huth, International conflict and war, National security policy, United States foreign policy, Soviet domestic and foreign policy
Robert Pahre, International Political Economy, International Relations Theory, Philosophy of Social Science, Political Economy of Western Europe
Jonathan Simon, Public law, American government and politics, Political theory
Jacqueline Stevens, Political Theory, Feminist Studies, Race and Gender Issue Politics
Jeffrey A. Winters, Comparative Politics, comparative and international political economy, post-colonial systems, especially Southeast Asia
Constance Ewing Cook, American national government, interest groups and public policy-making, higher education policy
Warren Miller, Voting and elections, political behavior
Michel C. Oksenberg, Politics and foreign policy of China, Sino-American relations, East Asian international relations
Holli Semetko, International and political communication
Michael W. Traugott, American government, Politics, and the mass media
Douglas Van Houweling, Information systems, Urban systems, Computer simulation
Leonard Woodcock, China, East Asia, World politics
William Ballis, Samuel Eldersveld, Russell Fifield, Kenneth Langton, Alfred Meyer
Political science is the systematic study of governmental and political structures, processes, and policies. This study uses institutional, quantitative, and philosophical approaches. The field is highly diverse, ranging across political theory, comparative government, international relations, American government, public policy, and research methods. Political scientists concentrate on public opinion and voting, organized political behavior, governmental institutions, studies of single countries, comparisons across countries and relations among countries. The field addresses both normative and empirical concerns.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Two courses chosen from different subfields of political science. First- and second-year students choose from among Political Science 101 (political theory), 111 (American government), 140 (comparative politics), 160 (world politics), and 185 (methods); juniors and seniors from Political Science 400, 401, or 402 (political theory), 410 (public policy and administration), 411 (American government), 440, 450 or 465 (comparative politics) and 460 or 470 (world politics).
Concentration Program. At least 24 credits in political science (in addition to required prerequisites) and 6 elected through a cognate department.
One course in political science elected at the 300 level may be included in a concentration plan; all others must be at the 400 level or above. No more than 4 credits of internship and 4 credits of directed study may be included in a concentration plan. Seniors are encouraged to elect an undergraduate seminar (Political Science 495, 496, 497, or 498).
Political science concentrators are expected to acquire an appreciation of the diverse styles of political inquiry by electing at least one course in four of the following subfields: political theory, American government, comparative politics, world politics, and methodology. Normally, this requirement is satisfied by the prerequisites to concentration and different additional 400-level courses in two subfields. Under certain conditions 200-level courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of course work in four different fields, but no 200-level course may be counted toward prerequisite course work or toward the concentration core. Cognate courses, which are upper level courses in another discipline, are an integral part of the concentration plan and should be selected with a view toward building a coherent program of study. As a general rule, cognate courses should be in the same discipline with exceptions approved in advance by a concentration advisor. Only 8 hours of foreign credit from a one term accredited program and 12 hours of foreign credit from a year long program may be counted toward the concentration core. Students may use Statistics 402 as a methods course in the concentration program.
Honors Concentration. Especially well-qualified students are encouraged to undertake an Honors concentration. Such students elect the Honors proseminar during the winter term of the junior year and prepare a senior thesis under the direction of a faculty member in the department. (493, 494) provide thesis credit. Normally, candidates for an Honors concentration must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 in political science courses. Interested students apply for the Honors program at the start of their junior year. Applications and information are available in the student office, 5620 Haven Hall.
Advising and Counseling. Normally, the decision to concentrate is made late in the sophomore year or early in the junior year. Before meeting with a concentration advisor, a student should obtain information on the concentration from the student services assistant in 5619 Haven Hall. A listing of concentration advisors and their consultation hours is available in 5619 Haven Hall. Counseling appointments are scheduled at 1213 Angell. Appointments for the Honors counselor are scheduled at 1210 Angell.
Computer Assistance Program. The department maintains a computer assistance program to help students with quantitative analyses of political phenomena. Inquiries should be addressed to the Director, Computer Assistance Program (5602 Haven Hall).
Preparation for United States Foreign Service. Students interested in pursuing a career in the foreign service should obtain a copy of the booklet "Careers in the Foreign Service" by writing to the Department of State, Washington, D.C. Qualified students should consult with concentration advisors in the field of world politics. For more information, contact the foreign service advisor, c/o 5619 Haven Hall.
Preparation for Public Service. Students may acquire the basic preparation required of candidates for public service in local, state, and national governments by electing appropriate course work in political science, economics, and especially in public policy administration. Interested students should consult the public policy advisor (in care of 5619 Haven Hall).
The Edwin F. Conely Scholarship in Government is awarded to a first-year graduate student in political science who has received an A.B. degree in political science from The University of Michigan.
William Jennings Bryan Prize in Political Science is awarded to that member of the graduating class who has shown the greatest promise in the field of political science. This prize consists of books to be chosen by the recipient.
Accelerated Program for Undergraduates (AB/MPP). The Institute of Public Policy Studies (IPPS) offers an accelerated program for exceptionally well-qualified undergraduates at the University of Michigan, enabling students in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, particularly those with majors in political science and economics, to complete both a bachelor's degree and the MPP in five years of study. The senior year and the first postgraduate year overlap, with the student receiving both undergraduate and graduate credit for the IPPS courses completed. Students are responsible for completing such other LS&A distribution and/or language requirements as may be necessary for the completion of the undergraduate degree.
Considerable emphasis is placed on the quality and course distribution of undergraduate preparation and only those students with a record demonstrably superior to those admitted to the regular program will be considered. A major prerequisite of this program is that the student must have earned 90 credits toward the degree before beginning study. Additional requirements are the completion of at least one calculus (or higher-level mathematics/statistics) course and a total of 24 credits in economics and political science, with at least six credits in both of these areas. An applicant who is otherwise qualified but who has not met these credit or distribution requirements could be admitted on the condition that they be satisfied over the summer prior to the first enrollment at IPPS. Information about this program can be obtained from the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies, 408 Lorch.
Student Associations. The Undergraduate Political Science Association (5620 Haven Hall) provides undergraduates with both a valuable resource and a voice within the department. Students are elected from the association membership to represent undergraduates on departmental committees concerned with such matters as educational policy, proposed course changes, and the quality of undergraduate education. The association co-sponsors with the department a series of seminars and lectures of particular relevance to undergraduates. It operates an active counseling service which maintains files on all political science courses, including course descriptions, requirements, reading lists, and student evaluations of the faculty teaching them. The counseling service also provides current information about graduate schools, law schools, and summer internships. Undergraduates are encouraged to join and to utilize the resources the association provides.
The Michigan Journal of Political Science was founded to create a forum in which undergraduate and graduate students could publish superior academic papers. The Journal is edited by undergraduates, and publishes politically related papers from various disciplines. For information, contact the editors c/o student services assistant at 5619 Haven Hall.
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honorary fraternity in Political Science. For membership information, contact the student services assistant in Room 5619, Haven Hall.
Sigma Iota Rho is the international relations honorary society. For more information on joining, see the student services assistant in Room 5619, Haven Hall.
Course Credit. Many 400- and 500-level courses in political science are elected by both undergraduate and graduate students. This Bulletin lists the credit earned by undergraduates. Graduate students should consult the Rackham Bulletin.
Half Term Information. Some courses are offered in half terms for reduced credit. Refer to the Time Schedule for specific credit hour information.
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