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Kaley Klaus, MLS Coordinator
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 235

Political Science Concentration

About the Program

Politics is about getting the family car on Saturday night--which as you know was as much about how to influence your parents to let you have the car as it was having money to put gas in the tank. Politics is about whether you get a break on your taxes as much as it is about whether you can smoke marijuana legally. Politics is about immigration policy, climate change, and whether you can drink a beer legally at 18 (you cannot at this time). Politics is about your healthcare insurance, the cost of your tuition, and when you get your last unemployment check.

Politics is about activities that serve your interests and the interests of others. It may occur at the local, state, national, and international levels. It might be pursued in the private sector as well as the public. Generally speaking, politics is a story that never ends, never fails to entertain, and always has losers and winners.

The Master of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Political Science can help you understand these activities and stories at an advanced level. What decisions does the government make that affect your life? What would happen if the parties involved had more skills and resources to pursue their interests through politics? What if the decisions were made differently? Who wins and who loses? The goal of the MLS Political Science concentration is to help you gain the skills, knowledge, and perspective to better understand the implications and answers to all these questions and many more. Join us to understand how politics impacts your world and how you can impact the world of politics.

Program Admissions Requirements

This concentration requires a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours. The personal statement (1-2 pages) should be inspired by the following questions:

  • What does it mean to engage in graduate study?
  • What are three of the most crucial qualities needed to be a graduate student?
  • Describe for us something you're especially proud of having achieved in your life.

The program has established these deadlines for priority application consideration:

  • Fall - March 31
  • Spring - October 31

Program Curriculum

MLS Core Courses: 10 credit hours (required)

  • IDS 801: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies
  • IDS 802: Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective
  • IDS 803: Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society
  • IDS 804: Information Literacy

Concentration: 18 credit hours, choose six of the following

  • POLS 611: Policy Analysis
  • POLS 612: The Administrative Process
  • POLS 616: Public Personnel Management 
  • POLS 620: Constitutional Law
  • POLS 621: American Civil Liberties
  • POLS 631: American Foreign Policy 
  • POLS 664;: Political Behavior 
  • POLS 675 Seminar on Budgeting (or other seminars)

Choose one Culminating Experience: 3 credit hours

  • IDS 820: Projects in Liberal or Professional Studies
  • IDS 890: Internship in Liberal or Professional Studies
  • IDS 899: Thesis in Liberal Studies

Total Hours Required: 31 credit hours

Program Contact

Contact Dr. Larry Gould to see if the MLS concentration in Political Science is right for you. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist and carefully read the MLS Student Handbook.

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