Political Systems & Theories

Students taking this field are required to complete a total of three course credits.

Successful completion of P200: International Relations: Theory and Practice is required for constitution of the field.

PhD Students, please scroll down to review the PhD requirements for this field.

As a reminder, please note:

  • A course may be counted for credit in only one Field of Study.
  • In those cases where a course is listed in more than one Field of Study, the student may choose the Field of Study in which it is to be credited.
  • Courses, however, may be used to meet both Divisional Breadth requirements and Field of Study requirements simultaneously. 

Faculty Supervising this Field of Study: Professor Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.


ILO L212 Nationalism, Self-Determination, and Minority Rights
DHP H204
Classics in International Relations
[*DHP P200] International Relations: Theory and Practice
DHP P201 Comparative Politics
DHP P202 Leadership in Public and Private Sector Organizations
DHP P205 Decision Making and Public Policy
DHP P213 Religion and Politics 
[DHP P214]
The Evolution of Grand Strategy
DHP P224 Culture, Human Values and Development
DHP P240 The Role of Force in International Politics
DHP P261
Democratization In the Middle East: Theory and Practice 

* This course is required for constitution of the field.
++ Any one of these courses may be used as the required course in the field.
+ Any one of these courses may be used as the second required course in the field.
[ ] Bracketed courses are those not offered 2014-2015.
Unless otherwise indicated, students need three course credits to complete a field of study. Modular courses count as one-half credit and if listed in a field, two must be taken to complete one course.

Students taking this field for the PhD must take DHP P200 and at least three other course credits. A second required course credit for PhD students should be selected from a list that includes DHP D210, DHP P205, and DHP P224.

Professors with expertise in the field

Student Theses

Beyond the Constitution: Enhancing the Role of Legislatures in Conflict-Affected Societies (MALD 2010)

State Branding in the 21st Century (MALD 2009)

Creating Obstacles to Peace: The International Involvement in Darfur (MALD 2009)

Unraveling the Paradox: The Resilience of Women's Rights Activism in Iran within the Context of a Changing Political Environment (MALD 2009)

Geopolitics of Energy in the Caspian Sea Region: Azerbaijan's Challenges (MALD 2009)

Achieving Complex National Security Missions: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Design and Management of Collaborative Institutions (MALD 2009)

Azerbaijan and Israel: Oil, Islam and Strawberries Pragmatism in Foreign Policy Between Unlikely Allies (MALD 2009)

The Political Potential of Israel-GCC Business Relations (MALD 2009)

A Story of Communication, Power and Vision: Bringing Guatemalan Civil Society into the National Decision-Making Process (MALD 2008)