Political Behavior

Are you interested in:

How ordinary citizens perceive politics? How religion affects public opinion and political behavior? How elites and the mass public communicate with (and past) each other? Why people don’t trust the government anymore? Whether political learning in adolescence structures political behavior later in life? Who participates in politics and what difference it makes? How political systems structure mass political behavior? How contemporary empirical theories in political science approach these questions? How to answer these questions employing quantitative methods? How to answer these questions through qualitative research? Students who are interested in these questions and their answers should consider Political Behavior as a field of study.

First Field Requirements

Summary of First Field Requirements (5 courses for a total of 15 credits)

  • POS 6207: Political Behavior
  • Four additional seminars from the list below

Field Examination

  • Written component: answer three questions in 72 hours
  • Oral defense: scheduled after written component

Committee Selection

The exam committee will be composed of three faculty members. If the candidate’s supervisory committee (dissertation) chair is a member of the subfield, s/he will chair the examination committee. If not, the subfield faculty will designate an exam chair. The candidate will select one additional member of the exam committee, and the exam chair will select the remaining member.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to consult with the exam committee on a regular basis in preparation for the examination.

Examination Questions

Three questions. We expect to see a total of fifteen to twenty pages for the exam as a whole, excluding references and any required Honors Statement.

  • Section I: In the general area of Political Behavior, based on recent syllabi in POS 6207.
  • Section II and Section III: Questions will be drawn from the student’s areas of concentration, based on seminars and readings taken prior to the examination.

Second Field Requirements

Summary of Second Field Requirements (3 courses for a total of 9 credits)

  • POS 6207: Political Behavior
  • Two additional seminars from the list below

Field Examination

  • Written component: answer two questions in 48 hours
  • Oral defense: scheduled after written component

Committee Selection

The exam committee will be composed of three faculty members. If the candidate’s supervisory committee (dissertation) chair is a member of the subfield, s/he will chair the examination committee. If not, the subfield faculty will designate an exam chair. The candidate will select one additional member of the exam committee, and the exam chair will select the remaining member.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to consult with the exam committee on a regular basis in preparation for the examination.

Examination Questions

  • Section I: In the general area of Political Behavior, based on recent syllabi in POS 6207.
  • Section II: Questions will be drawn from the student’s areas of concentration, based on seminars and readings taken prior to the examination.

Third Field Requirements

Summary of Third Field Requirements (2 courses for a total of 6 credits)

  • POS 6207: Political Behavior
  • One additional seminar from the list below

Courses within the Field that Satisfy Requirements

  • POS 6207: Political Behavior
  • POS 6208: Empirical Political Research
  • POS 6247: Seminar in Political Socialization and Political Cognition
  • POS 6272: Political Participation
  • POS 6279: The Politics of Direct Democracy
  • POS 6292: Religion and Politics
  • POS 6453: Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • POS 6458: Politics of Campaign Finance
  • POS 6757: Survey Research
  • CPO 6756: Comparative Elections and Party Systems