UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

Intradisciplinary & Interdisciplinary Political Studies

Coursework in this field reflects the department’s belief that the most interesting and important political questions transcend disciplinary sub-fields and that faculty and students working at the intersections of subfields can produce rich and innovative scholarship. 
We encourage doctoral students to pursue research questions that cross the domains of two or more sub-fields and/or disciplines.  Course offerings include broad survey courses of the sub-fields as well as the following cross-field seminars: Comparative Democratization; Collective Action and Political Change; Political Participation; Foundings; Violence and the State; Nationalism; Political Dissent; Language and Politics; Feminist Theory and Politics; Technology, Power, and Governance; International Environmental Politics; Civic Political Engagement; Democracy and the Public Sphere. 

Coursework in this field reflects the department’s belief that the most interesting and important political questions transcend disciplinary sub-fields and that faculty and students working at the intersections of subfields can produce rich and innovative scholarship. 

We encourage doctoral students to pursue research questions that cross the domains of two or more sub-fields and/or disciplines.  Course offerings include broad survey courses of the sub-fields as well as the following cross-field seminars: Comparative Democratization; Collective Action and Political Change; Political Participation; Foundings; Violence and the State; Nationalism; Political Dissent; Language and Politics; Feminist Theory and Politics; Technology, Power, and Governance; International Environmental Politics; Civic Political Engagement; Democracy and the Public Sphere. 

For courses to qualify as intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary the subject matter has to draw significantly from the literatures of at least two different fields.  This means that the themes are reasonably systematically viewed in light of different subfield perspectives, not that there is one or two readings for the semester drawn from another field.

The procedure for having courses qualify as intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary is based on a petition by the student to the Graduate Program Director.

Field Clerk: Peter Haas

Associated faculty: Young, Fountain, Haas, Schaffner, Alvarez, Brigham, Desmairas, Peterson

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