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Course Descriptions

PST 4850 Core Seminar in Political and Social Thought I

Great political and social thinkers and movements studied from a variety of disciplinary and genre viewpoints. Readings include classic texts, plays, novels, literature, current works of advocacy. Led by the program director, with occasional guest faculty; weekly response essays required. (3 hours)

PST 4870 Core Seminar in Political and Social Thought II

The continuation of PST 4850, with greater emphasis on contemporary works. (3 hours)

PST 4998/4999 Thesis in Political and Social Thought

Prepared with the advice a faculty members and the program director, the fourth year PST thesis is a substantial, independent, year-long project built upon one’s prior study in the program. (6 hours total:  2 letter-graded credits in the Fall, and 4 letter-graded credits upon completion of the thesis in the spring semester.)

PST 4890/4899 Workshop in Thesis Research

Taken throughout the fourth year, this workshop offers discussion with fellow students and PST faculty on their current research and continuing presentations of students’ developing projects. (2 credits, graded CR/NC:  one in the fall semester, one in the spring semester.)