American Politics

For the course distribution requirement for American Politics as a secondary subfield

  1. Pass the two quarters of the American Field Seminar with at least an A-.
  2. Pass two other courses in American with at least a B+.

Comparative Politics

For the course distribution requirement for Comparative Politics as a secondary subfield

  1. Pass the first quarter of the Comparative Politics Field Seminar.
  2. Pass three other courses in Comparative Politics.

Formal Theory

For the course distribution requirement for Formal Theory as a secondary subfield, a student must complete with a grade A- or higher the following courses:

  1. Game Theory I
  2. Game Theory II
  3. Formal Models of Domestic Politics

And one of the two following courses:

  1. Social Choice
  2. New Directions in Formal Theory

New Directions will vary in content depending on the instructor teaching it. It may take the form of Advanced Dynamic Game Theory, Formal Theory and Comparative Politics, Formal Theory and IPE, or Formal Models of Race and Politics. We are also happy to consider a request submitted by a student that another advanced Formal Theory class offered at the University count as this last requirement. In this case, the student should petition the Field Chair.

Please note that some of the requirements may be taken simultaneously (for instance Game Theory II and Formal Models of Domestic Politics). Also, the prerequisite for Game Theory I may be taken simultaneously with Mathematical Foundations, which is a prerequisite for Game Theory I.

International Relations

For the course distribution requirement for International Relations as a secondary subfield

  1. Pass the IR Theory Seminar with at least an A-. 
  2. Pass three other IR courses with no grade worse than B+.

Courses being offered in 2020/21 include:

  • Seminar on International Security Affairs (Winter; Carson)
  • Foundations of Realism (Winter; Mearsheimer)
  • Quantitative Security (Winter; Poast)
  • American Grand Strategy (Winter; Mearsheimer)
  • American National Security Strategy (Spring; Pape)
  • International Political Economy (Spring; Gulotty)
  • Militant Power Politics (Spring; Pape)
  • Nationalism in the Age of Globalization (Spring; Mearsheimer)
  • Constructivism (Spring; Terman)

Please note that no prior non UChicago courses will count towards the IR distributional requirement.

Quantitative Methods

For the course distribution requirement for Quantitative Methods as a secondary subfield

  1. Pass Mathematical Foundations of Political Methodology.
  2. Pass Introduction to Linear Models.
  3. Pass Causal Inference by taking one of A) Political Economy II (PPHA 41102) or B) Introduction to Causal Inference (CHDV 30102).
  4. Pass two of the following second year courses: A) Maximum Likelihood; B) Causal Inference II; C) Multilevel Modeling; and/or D) Experimental Design.

Political Theory

For the course distribution requirement for Political Theory as a secondary subfield

  1. Four departmental political theory graduate courses.
  2. Distribution requirement: at least two of the three periods of study (ancient/medieval; modern; contemporary) must be covered; theory course descriptions will note the period(s) covered by each of our courses in the course descriptions (A=ancient/medieval; M=modern, C=contemporary). In general, we strongly recommend taking courses that cover a broad range of different periods of study and methodological approaches. 
  3. Students must earn course grades in the A range (A- or A) in two of the four courses.