Doctoral students are expected to develop a firm knowledge of the first principles of American constitutionalism and to understand the fate of those principles in American political development and contemporary American politics.

Since the first principles of American constitutionalism and subsequent developments in the American political tradition have been informed by the great works of Western political thought, students ought also to understand the critical elements of Western political thought, both classical and modern.

Requirements Summary

72

Overall Credit Hours

18

Hours minimum in each of the two tracks:

Political Philosophy and American Politics and Political Thought

5

Core courses in Political Philosophy

POL 601-605

5

Core courses in American Politics and Political Thought

POL 621-625

1

Core course in the Study of Statesmanship

POL 810

3

Hours of Doctoral Humanities Seminar

POL 801-803

2

Reading competence in two foreign languages

One classical (Latin or ancient Greek) and one modern (normally French, German, Italian, or Spanish)

Doctoral Qualification Evaluation

Written and oral exams are one part of a broader assessment by the Graduate Committee

Doctoral Workshop

POL 855-856, both normally taken the fourth year

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Written and oral exams, based upon a set of core texts

Doctoral Dissertation

Successful completion, defense, and public presentation of a substantial dissertation

8

All requirements must be completed within an eight-year time limit

Note: Doctoral students earn the M.A. degree after successfully passing their qualifying evaluation and after completing at least 36 credit hours.

Current Ph.D. Students

Sarah Akey

Ph.D. Candidate

Jose Arevalo

Ph.D. Student

Gordon Dakota Arnold

Ph.D. Student

Jonathan Ashbach

Ph.D. Candidate

Joey Barretta

Ph.D. Student

Colin Brown

Ph.D. Candidate

Jacob Bruns

Ph.D. Student

Nicholas Callaghan

Ph.D. Student

John Case

Ph.D. Candidate

Gabriel Castro

Ph.D. Student

Dennis Clark

Ph.D. Student

Paul Clewell

Ph.D. Student

Bruno Cortes

Ph.D. Candidate

Ben R. Crenshaw

Ph.D. Student

Juan E. Dávalos

Ph.D. Candidate

Michael Driscoll

Ph.D. Candidate

Christopher Goffos

Ph.D. Candidate

Stephen Goniprow

Ph.D. Candidate

Lynette Grundvig

Ph.D. Candidate

Jessica Higa

Ph.D. Candidate

Samuel Lair

Ph.D. Student

Ezekiel Loseke

Ph.D. Student

Kevin LoTruglio

Ph.D. Candidate

Griffin McHaffie

Ph.D. Student

Moritz Muecke

Ph.D. Candidate

Kyle Murnen

Ph.D. Candidate

Joshua Paladino

Ph.D. Student

Jeremiah Regan

Ph.D. Student

Jeannette Richard

Ph.D. Student

Brett Waite

Ph.D. Candidate

Casey Wheatland

Ph.D. Candidate

Christian Winter

Ph.D. Student

William Zeiser

Ph.D. Student

Daniel Zoumaya

Ph.D. Student