Graduate Certificate in Political Science

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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.  

This Graduate Certificate is eligible to receive Title IV funding – Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate PLUS loans by request. To be considered for aid, students need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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

  • An application with accompanying application fee to the Sam Houston State University Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Transcripts documenting all prior degrees.
  • Names and contact information for at least two individuals who can speak to applicant’s academic and professional potential.
  • A letter of interest that specifically addresses at least the following three elements: a) why they are applying to the program; b) how their experience (academic, work, etc.) has prepared them to enter the program; and c) what they plan to do professionally after completing the program.

Note: Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review by the admissions committee. However, under university policy, admission decisions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts.

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