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For more information about the graduate programs in politics, consult the "politics" section in the Brandeis University Bulletin or contact:
Professor Kerry Chase
For complete information about how to apply to this program, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences web site.
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Graduate Programs in Politics
The graduate program in politics is distinguished by methodological emphasis on analytical case study, including comparative case study rather than abstract mathematical modeling or statistical analysis. Substantive emphasis is on the politics of democratic and democratizing regimes.
The graduate curriculum emphasizes linkages among the patterns of American political development, contemporary American politics and the politics of other developed and developing democratic systems. The graduate curriculum also addresses the advanced industrial democracies of Western Europe, the democratizing states of Eastern Europe and the international political, economic and military-security relations among these states.
Ph.D. students receive training in each of the major subfields of political science, including qualitative research methods, through graduate-level "field seminars."
The graduate program features:
- instruction in small seminars under close faculty supervision
- supervised independent study within the program
- supervised teaching assistantships
- opportunities for study in the consortium of universities in the Boston area
- the opportunity to incorporate work in related and relevant fields