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Students are expected to acquire a thorough knowledge of the discipline, including substantial theoretical, conceptual, and substantive competence in a major subject; to provide a clear demonstration of the methodological, linguistic, and other skills needed to conduct original scholarly research; and to acquire at least one semester's experience as a teaching assistant. Students who have not had equivalent course work are expected to take three of the four field seminars in the major subjects.
Numerous interdisciplinary programs are available, and include the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, the Peace Studies Program, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and various area programs.
Early in their first semester, doctoral students meet with the director of graduate studies and several faculty members to discuss the first year's program. At the end of the first year, students form their Special Committee, which guides and supervises subsequent academic preparation and dissertation research.
By the end of the third year of residence, or sooner if possible, students are expected to have taken the Admission to Candidacy examination. The exam is given in three parts: a written exam in the student's major and minor subjects; an extended research paper in the student's specialized field of interest; and an oral exam conducted by the Special Committee. The written exam is normally taken before the end of the second year; the oral exam, at the beginning of the third. At the oral exam, the student presents a thesis proposal outlining the hypothesis, data, methods, and resources needed to carry out the dissertation research.

First-Year Writing Seminars:


Please consult John S. Knight Institute for additional information.

  • GOVT 1101 - FWS: Power and Politics

Courses:


  • GOVT 1111 - Introduction to American Government and Politics (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 1313 - Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
  • GOVT 1503 - Introduction to Africana Studies (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 1615 - Introduction to Modern Political Theory (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 1616 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • GOVT 1817 - Introduction to International Relations
  • GOVT 1901 - Discussions of Justice (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2152 - [(Im)migration and (Im)migrants: then and now]
  • GOVT 2225 - Controversies About Inequality (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2264 - [Contemporary Civil Wars]
  • GOVT 2284 - [Capitalism in China] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2293 - [Politics and Musics]
  • GOVT 2432 - Moral Dilemmas in the Law (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2553 - Inside Europe
  • GOVT 2604 - Obama and the Meaning of Race (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2605 - [Social and Political Philosophy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2623 - History and Politics of the Modern and Contemporary Middle East (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2673 - The History and Politics of Modern Egypt (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2676 - [Periclean Athens] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2747 - History of the Modern Middle East (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 2817 - [America Confronts the World]
  • GOVT 2947 - [Global Thinking] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3001 - Constitutional Law and U.S. Politics (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3002 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3012 - The Politics of Poverty in the U.S. (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3021 - [Social Movements in American Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3022 - [Terrorism]
  • GOVT 3032 - [Politics of Public Policy in the U.S.]
  • GOVT 3041 - Win, Lose or Cheat?
  • GOVT 3044 - China's Next Economy (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3052 - Intro to the Structure & System of American Law
  • GOVT 3071 - Introduction to Public Policy
  • GOVT 3082 - American Political Campaigns (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3091 - Science in the American Polity, 1960 to Now (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3111 - [Urban Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3112 - Congress and the Legislative Process
  • GOVT 3128 - America's Changing Faces (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3131 - The Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3141 - [Prisons] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3142 - Incarceration, Policy Response, and Self-Reflection (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3150 - The American Legal System
  • GOVT 3152 - Prisons, Politics & Policy
  • GOVT 3161 - The American Presidency (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3168 - The Road to the White House, 2016
  • GOVT 3171 - [Campaigns and Elections] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3181 - [U.S. Congress] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3189 - Taking America's Pulse: Creating and Conducting a National Opinion Poll(crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3191 - [Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S.] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3202 - [The U.S. Supreme Court and Crime] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3212 - [Public Opinion and Representation]
  • GOVT 3223 - Was US Intervention in Libya To Remove Gaddafi a Mistake? (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3241 - [Inequality and American Democracy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3262 - [Authoritarian Regimes]
  • GOVT 3264 - [National Security in the Middle East]
  • GOVT 3273 - Politics and Markets
  • GOVT 3274 - [Game Theory and Politics]
  • GOVT 3281 - Constitutional Politics: The U.S. Supreme Court (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3283 - Russian Politics
  • GOVT 3284 - [Populism, Democracy & Authoritarianism]
  • GOVT 3293 - Comparative Politics of Latin America (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3303 - Politics of the Global North (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3313 - [Middle Eastern Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3314 - [Israeli Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3323 - Modern European Politics (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3333 - Is China Recolonizing Africa? (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3344 - [Islamic Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3353 - [African Politics]
  • GOVT 3363 - [Postcommunist Transitions]
  • GOVT 3364 - Europe in Times of Crisis
  • GOVT 3401 - Refugees and the Politics of Vulnerability: Intersections of Feminist Theory and Practice (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3403 - China Under Revolution and Reform (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3413 - [Modern European Society and Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3434 - Chinese Empire and the Cambodian Experience (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3437 - [Politics of the European Union]
  • GOVT 3443 - [Southeast Asian Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3463 - [Modern Japanese Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3503 - Becoming a China Hand (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3537 - [Zionism and Its Discontents] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3547 - [America, Business and International Political Economy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3549 - [Capitalism, Competition, and Conflict in the Global Economy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3553 - Issues Behind the News
  • GOVT 3557 - U.S. Exceptionalism Questioned: Comparative Political Economy (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3570 - [The Average Man] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3603 - US Peacekeeping in Africa; From Congo to South Sudan (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3605 - [Ideology]
  • GOVT 3606 - [Homo Oeconomicus] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3625 - Modern Political Philosophy (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3626 - Introduction to Early History of Political Philosophy (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3633 - Politics and Culture (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3635 - [Human Rights and Global Justice] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3636 - [Introduction to Critical Theory] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3646 - [The History of the Present] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3655 - [Politics and Literature] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3665 - [American Political Thought from Madison to Malcolm X] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3675 - Democracy and its Discontents (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3687 - [The US and the Arab-Israeli Conflict] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3705 - Political Theory and Cinema (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3706 - [Political Economy of Drug Violence]
  • GOVT 3725 - [Ideology 2: Contemporary Continental Political Thought] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3726 - Revolution (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3735 - [Political Freedom] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3736 - Ancient Political Thought (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3765 - [Gender, Liberalism, and Postcolonial Theory] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3766 - [Multicultural Israel] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3785 - Civil Disobedience (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3809 - Politics of '70s Films (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3827 - [China and the World] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3837 - [The Cold War] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3847 - [Weapons of Mass Destruction]
  • GOVT 3857 - [American Foreign Policy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3867 - The Causes of War
  • GOVT 3877 - [Nuclear Security in a Changing World]
  • GOVT 3897 - Human Rights at War
  • GOVT 3898 - International Law
  • GOVT 3887 - Int'l Human Rights in Theory & Practice
  • GOVT 3927 - [Understanding Israeli-Lebanese Relations] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3937 - [Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies]
  • GOVT 3944 - [Comparative Foreign Policy]
  • GOVT 3957 - [New Forces in International Politics]
  • GOVT 3967 - What is China? (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3977 - History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3988 - [Democracy, Dictatorships & US Foreign Policy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 3990 - Puzzle Solving with Data
  • GOVT 3999 - How Do You Know That?
  • GOVT 4000 - Major Seminar
  • GOVT 4015 - [Existentialism or Marxism] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4019 - Introductory Probability and Applied Statistics
  • GOVT 4021 - American Conservative Thought (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4032 - Immigration and Politics Research Seminar (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4041 - [American Political Development in the Twentieth Century] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4051 - The Postmodern Presidency: Election 2016 (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4061 - [Politics of Slow-Moving Crisis] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4092 - [Persuasive Politics]
  • GOVT 4102 - [Governing Green Cities (from Urban Ecology and Politics)] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4105 - [Writing America Post 9/11] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4112 - [The Politics of Change] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4142 - [Causes and Consequences of U.S. Foreign Policy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4194 - Asian Political Economy (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4218 - History of the United States Senate (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4232 - [The Politics of the Inner City]
  • GOVT 4241 - [Contemporary American Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4264 - [Social Movements in Latin America] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4274 - [Politics of Energy and Natural Resources]
  • GOVT 4279 - [The Animal] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4281 - [Government and Public Policy: An Introduction to Analysis and Criticism](crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4283 - Latino Politics as Racial Politics (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4291 - Politics of Science (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4293 - [Comparative Urbanization]
  • GOVT 4303 - [The GMO Debate: Science and Society] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4339 - Nationalism(s) in the Arab World (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4354 - [Comparative Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized States]
  • GOVT 4374 - [States and Societies in the Middle East] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4403 - [War and the State in Comparative Perspective]
  • GOVT 4414 - [Politics, Violence, and the Study of Cambodia] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4424 - [The Theory & Practice of Democratic Politics in Africa]
  • GOVT 4435 - [Education, Social Justice, and the Law] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4496 - Power
  • GOVT 4574 - [Comparative Political Theorizing] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4578 - [Critical Race Theory] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4585 - [American Political Thought] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4605 - [Theoretical Approaches to Ideology]
  • GOVT 4615 - [Islamic Political Thought] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4616 - [Interpreting Race and Racism: DuBois] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4625 - [Sexuality and the Law] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4635 - [Feminist Theory/Law and Society] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4636 - [The Will of the People] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4646 - [Derrida and the Philosophy of Hospitality]
  • GOVT 4655 - [Topics in Social and Political Philosophy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4665 - [Islamism] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4696 - [Melancholy Left: Marx to Benjamin] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4705 - [Contemporary Readings of the Ancients] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4706 - [The Black Trans-Atlantic] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4726 - Punitive Society (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4735 - Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4769 - [Spinoza and the New Spinozism] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4786 - [The Holocaust in Postwar Culture (1945-1961)] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4796 - [Justice and Equality]
  • GOVT 4805 - [Race & Racism/Law & Society] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4807 - [Social Studies of Space, Technologies and Borders] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4817 - [International Law and Conflict]
  • GOVT 4819 - [Human Rights and Governments]
  • GOVT 4827 - China, Tibet and Xinjiang (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4847 - [Realist Theories of International Relations]
  • GOVT 4867 - Through the Prison Threshold (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4877 - China and Asian Security (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4888 - [Normative Issues in International Relations] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4917 - [Ethics in International Relations]
  • GOVT 4937 - [Going Nuclear: The Spread of Nuclear Weapons and Energy]
  • GOVT 4949 - Honors Seminar: Thesis Clarification and Research
  • GOVT 4959 - Honors Thesis: Research and Writing
  • GOVT 4967 - The Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • GOVT 4987 - [Domestic Politics and International Relations]
  • GOVT 4998 - Politics and Policy: Theory, Research, and Practice (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 4999 - Undergraduate Independent Study
  • GOVT 6011 - [The American State] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6019 - Introduction to Probability and Applied Statistics
  • GOVT 6021 - [Poverty & Social Policy]
  • GOVT 6022 - [Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S.] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6029 - Advanced Regression Analysis
  • GOVT 6031 - [Field Seminar in American Politics]
  • GOVT 6039 - [Advanced Topics in Quantitative Empirical Methodology]
  • GOVT 6045 - Law and Literature (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6049 - Categorical and Count Data
  • GOVT 6053 - Comparative Method in International and Comparative Politics
  • GOVT 6059 - Panel and Multilevel Data
  • GOVT 6067 - Field Seminar in International Relations
  • GOVT 6069 - Causal Inference
  • GOVT 6072 - [Immigration and Immigrant Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6075 - Field Seminar in Political Thought
  • GOVT 6079 - Advanced Topics Mini-Course
  • GOVT 6092 - [Qualitative Methods]
  • GOVT 6101 - [Politics, Groups and Identities]
  • GOVT 6102 - [Governing Green Cities (from Urban Ecology and Politics)] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6121 - [American Political Development] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6122 - Foundations of the Social Sciences (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6132 - [The Politics of Inequality in the United States]
  • GOVT 6142 - [Causes and Consequences of U.S. Foreign Policy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6151 - [State and Economy in Comparative Perspective]
  • GOVT 6171 - Politics of Public Policy
  • GOVT 6182 - [Political Communication]
  • GOVT 6201 - The United States Congress (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6202 - [Political Culture] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6215 - Michel Foucault: Sovereignty to BioPolitics (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6222 - [Political Participation]
  • GOVT 6242 - Experiment and Survey Design
  • GOVT 6251 - [Political Parties in the U.S.]
  • GOVT 6263 - [Comparative Political Economy]
  • GOVT 6264 - [Social Movements in Latin America] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6273 - [War & The State in Comparative Perspective]
  • GOVT 6274 - [People, Markets, and Democracy]
  • GOVT 6291 - [Contemporary American Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6293 - [Comparative Urbanization]
  • GOVT 6294 - [Parties, Populism and Movements]
  • GOVT 6301 - [Institutions] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6303 - Comparative Political Economy and Global Debates (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6304 - Historical Analysis in Comparative Politics
  • GOVT 6313 - [Parties and Political Representation]
  • GOVT 6324 - [Proseminar in Chinese Politics]
  • GOVT 6334 - [Political Economy of Development]
  • GOVT 6353 - Field Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • GOVT 6373 - [Seminar in Political Violence]
  • GOVT 6403 - [Comparative Political Behavior]
  • GOVT 6413 - Comparative Labor Movements: Europe and the United States (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6414 - [European Political & Economic Development]
  • GOVT 6424 - [The Theory & Practice of Democratic Politics in Africa]
  • GOVT 6433 - [Advanced Quantitative Text Analysis]
  • GOVT 6434 - [Comparative Authoritarianism]
  • GOVT 6454 - [The Politics of Immigration] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6461 - [Public Opinion]
  • GOVT 6474 - [States and Societies in the Middle East] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6483 - Authoritarianism and Democracy
  • GOVT 6494 - [Agrarian Political Economy]
  • GOVT 6496 - Power
  • GOVT 6509 - [Contemporary Readings of the Ancients] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6517 - [Contemporary Aesthetic Theory and its Discontents] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6523 - [Methods for Field Research]
  • GOVT 6524 - [GIS and Spatial Aspects of Politics]
  • GOVT 6544 - [Gender and Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6564 - [Comparative Political Representation]
  • GOVT 6574 - [Comparative Political Theorizing] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6578 - [Critical Race Theory] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6585 - [American Political Thought] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6586 - Schmitt, Strauss, Arendt (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6596 - [Theories of Non/Violence] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6603 - [Contentious Politics and Social Movements] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6605 - [Theoretical Approaches to Ideology] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6606 - The Politics of Pragmatism (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6626 - [Feminist Theory/Law & Society] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6635 - [Education, Social Justice, and the Law] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6636 - [The Will of the People] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6645 - Democratic Theory (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6646 - [Ethical Idioms in Political Theory] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6656 - [Topics in Social and Political Philosophy] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6665 - [Media Theory: Film and Photograph] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6675 - [Derrida and the Philosophy of Hospitality]
  • GOVT 6676 - [Critical Continental Thought] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6686 - [Revolution and Counter-Revolution]
  • GOVT 6696 - [Melancholy Left: Marx to Benjamin] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6706 - [Marx and Marxisms] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6726 - [Psychoanalysis and Ideology]
  • GOVT 6736 - [Ancient Political Thought] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6750 - [Gramsci and Cultural Politics] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6765 - [The Critical Theory of Jurgen Habermas] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6766 - [Pluralism]
  • GOVT 6775 - [Language and Politics]
  • GOVT 6776 - [The Problem with Rights] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6779 - Cosmopolitanism and Post-Enlightenment (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6785 - [Persecution and the Art of Writing] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6786 - [The Holocaust in Postwar Culture (1945-1961)] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6796 - [Justice and Equality] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6805 - [Race & Racism/Law & Society] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6806 - [Neoliberalism, Marx, Foucault]
  • GOVT 6807 - [Topics in Comparative and International Political Economy]
  • GOVT 6815 - [Political Theory and Aesthetics]
  • GOVT 6827 - China, Tibet and Xinjiang
  • GOVT 6847 - [Realist Theories of International Relations]
  • GOVT 6857 - [International Political Economy]
  • GOVT 6867 - [International Law, War, and Human Rights]
  • GOVT 6877 - China and Asian Security
  • GOVT 6897 - International Security
  • GOVT 6917 - [Normative Issues in International Relations] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6927 - [Planning and Management of Agriculture and Rural Development] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 6937 - [Going Nuclear: The Spread of Nuclear Weapons and Energy]
  • GOVT 6969 - [Research, Writing & Teaching in the Profession]
  • GOVT 6987 - [Domestic Politics and International Relations]
  • GOVT 7035 - [Political Economy]
  • GOVT 7073 - [Game Theory 1]
  • GOVT 7074 - [Game Theory 2]
  • GOVT 7274 - [Civil Wars]
  • GOVT 7281 - [Government and Public Policy: An Introduction to Analysis and Criticism](crosslisted)
  • GOVT 7606 - [Jurisprudence and Normative Political Theory] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 7625 - [Sexuality and the Law] (crosslisted)
  • GOVT 7937 - [Proseminar in Peace Studies]
  • GOVT 7999 - Independent Study

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Program requirements

  • Diplom Bakalavra; or, for institutes that do not award Diplom Bakalavra,a Diplom accompanied by transcript of courses taken and a letter from the university confirming that the applicant completed 3 years of study
  • Transcripts 
  • TOEFL. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) is required.
  • IELTS 7.0 
  • 3 Recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • Writing sample
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