Applied Politics

Master of Arts in Applied Politics

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Degree Requirements: 10 courses, 30 credits

Core Requirements (6 courses, 18 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This internship option is recommended for students seeking careers in professional politics or international relations. Typically

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the politics of making public policy. How is policy made? Who is involved? What kinds of information do policy-makers rely on to make their decisions? How do political opportunities shape potential for policy change

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on legislative politics and organization

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on campaigns and elections

Prerequisites:

Open to graduate students only;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the major written formats of the policy-making process including background memos

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The primary goal of this class is to review and analyze in a systematic way the design

Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

Electives may include any graduate course offered by the Political Science & Legal Studies Department. Other Suffolk University graduate courses may be taken as electives with the approval of the program director.

Electives will be chosen to support your field of concentration and choice of internship area.

Applied Politics Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will… Students will be able to…
Demonstrate broad-based knowledge of their area of concentration and be able to review and synthesize relevant political science literature and theories
  • Analyze and critically evaluate competing political science theories developed in the academic literature
  • Write effectively in a variety of formats, including formulating essential questions
  • Organize evidence and construct complex written arguments
Demonstrate the ability to connect theory to practice and apply what they learn in the classroom to professional work experiences in the field
  • Recognize the importance of academic and theoretical research in the electoral, governing and policy making process
Demonstrate proficiency in interpreting social science data
  • Gather and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative social science research
  • Organize evidence and social science data to construct complex political science arguments
  • Identify and gain access to appropriate information and sources
Demonstrate proficiency in writing skills including academic and policy professional writing
  • Organize and write a compelling research paper
  • Write effectively in a variety of formats, including formulating essential questions
Demonstrate a proficiency in oral communication skills
  • Orally articulate complex ideas in an organized, persuasive, and rigorous manner

Dual Degree with MPA

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The MAAP is available as a Dual Degree with the Master of Public Administration: 

View the MPA/MAAP Dual Degree Curriculum.

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's in Applied Politics or Global Public Policy

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Degree Requirements

  1. Students admitted to this dual degree program must meet all the requirements of the undergraduate Political Science (BA or BS) or International Relations (BA only) major offered by the department of Political Science & Legal Studies.
  2. Students must also meet all requirements for the Master’s degree in Applied Politics (MAAP) or Global Public Policy (MAGPP).
  3. Students will take two Political Science graduate courses during their senior year; one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. The two graduate courses taken during the senior year will count toward BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Credit hours will be awarded based on the graduate course description.
  4. The graduate courses taken during the senior year will be determined by the Political Science graduate program director.
  5. Students are subject to the usual standards for academic standing, i.e., undergraduate standards for undergraduate courses and graduate standards for graduate courses.

Upon successful completion of all of the degree requirements, a student will receive a dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. The exact degree will be awarded based on the specific undergraduate program the student completes. A student may permanently exit the dual degree program and opt to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree if all the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree have been met. In this case, the graduate courses taken in the senior year will be counted as 4-credit courses applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements.

Political Science Graduate Courses

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

0.00

Description:

This intensive and fun class combines in-depth training on creating and running winning campaigns

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the concept and practices of transitional justice

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Everything needed to design

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Designed to introduce students to the nuts and bolts of preparing to run for office or guiding a candidate through the process. Students learn how to file nomination papers

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Students learn the basics of how candidates successfully introduce their candidacy to the public. From announcing the campaign to conducting meet and greets to producing candidate photos

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Students learn the fundamentals of how to maximize positive media coverage with attention paid to generating endorsements

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of the role of the United Nations System in the globalization era. The course is divided in two main sections. The first is based on a series of readings

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explains the main components of the international legal system. It begins by exploring the rules

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the institutional structures

Credits:

3.00

Description:

How do we explain the appearance or absence of social movements? What social or individual factors explain their development and decline? Who joins social movements? Who does not? Why? What ideas or ideals animate those who do participate? What is it like to be part of a social movement? What effect do they or have they had on politics

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Why did 17 European countries surrender the sovereign control of their currency and create the Euro? Will Turkey become a member of the European Union? Will Europeans continue free riding the security protection of the United States? Is the integration process another layer of bureaucracy or an institutional instrument to deal with the permanent crises in Europe? These are some of the questions guiding the discussions in this class.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

After participating in the community service experience in Myanmar or Cambodia (Alternative Winter Break)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduction to the government and politics of contemporary Mexico

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This internship option is recommended for students seeking careers in professional politics or international relations. Typically

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the politics of making public policy. How is policy made? Who is involved? What kinds of information do policy-makers rely on to make their decisions? How do political opportunities shape potential for policy change

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Drug policy encompasses complex and multi-faceted issues. In comprehending these issues

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on legislative politics and organization

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on campaigns and elections

Prerequisites:

OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the concentration in North American Politics. This course will examine the key concepts of an approaches to world politics. Special attention will be given the application of these concepts and approaches to the relations among the nation-states of North America.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the study of international political economy. Addresses the interactive relationship between politics and economics at international and domestic levels in the historical and contemporary international system. Basic understanding of macroeconomics is not required but helpful.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course

Prerequisites:

Open to graduate students only;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the major written formats of the policy-making process including background memos

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The primary goal of this class is to review and analyze in a systematic way the design

Prerequisites:

Instructor permission required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An intensive off-campus experience

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class will examine the ways in which political marketing is conducted across the globe. It will look at a variety of political systems and cultures in an effort to discern which techniques work best with which political systems and political cultures. The cases will be drawn from all 7 continents and a wide diversity of socio-political cultures. Cases are likely to include Canada

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A two-week intensive seminar in Washington DC; the first week will focus on a look inside the defense and intelligence community in the US government; the second week will examine issues

Prerequisites:

Students must see the professor to get required Washington Center Application

Credits:

3.00- 6.00

Description:

An opportunity to do an internship through the Washington Center at either the Republican National Convention or the Democratic National convention. Graduate students will learn what goes on behind the scenes and interact with important public figures that are influential in setting public policy at various levels of government. They will spend a week prior to the convention studying the electoral process

Prerequisites:

Instructor's consent and approval of the Director of Graduate studies required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Individual program of reading

Prerequisites:

Instructor consent required

Credits:

6.00

Description:

Students must also complete academic work designed to enhance experiential learning and professional development in their internship abroad that is supervised by a Suffolk instructor. Course work will include developing individualized learning goals and objectives for their internships

Credits:

6.00

Description:

Students must also complete academic work designed to enhance experiential learning and professional development in their internship abroad that is supervised by a Suffolk instructor. Course work will include developing individualized learning goals and objectives for their internships

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This intensive and fun class combines in-depth training on creating and running winning campaigns

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course examines the areas where organized global citizens can make a difference to produce better living standards around the world. By studying the varieties of rationales of action of non-governmental organizations

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course aims at providing an overview of the nature of the work in diplomatic services in a selective number of countries around the world. By the end of the course