Graduate Certificate in Political Science

The Graduate Certificate in Political Science is designed for high school and community college instructors who wish to obtain 18 hours of graduate coursework relevant to key fields in the discipline of political science, such as the field of American Politics.  Course offerings allow students to complete the certificate in one year if students take two courses per semester including summer.  

Those wishing to pursue the certificate should hold a graduate degree from an accredited college or university and submit:

  • An application with accompanying application fee to the Sam Houston State University Office of Graduate Studies;
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education, showing all degrees conferred,Including the qualifying Master's degree;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • An academic writing sample; and
  • A letter of interest.
Graduate Certificate in Political Science
Required Courses
POLS 5330American Politics3
or POLS 5371 Comparative Politics
or POLS 5373 International Relations
Students must take 15 hours from among the following:15
Women in Politics
American Politics 1
Judicial Politics
The U.S. Presidency
The U.S. Congress
American Political Parties
Political Attitudes & Behavior
Seminar In American Politics
Media & Politics
Comparative Politics 1
International Relations 1
Workshop:Teachng Political Sci
Public Policy
Total Hours18