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Political Science

Man stands up to tanks in Tienanmen Square, China
Pro-democracy stand-off in Tienanmen Square. (AP/Wide World Photos.)

The Political Science Department was formally established in 1955, within what was then the Department of Economics and Social Science, as part of a broad effort to develop research and training at MIT in the social sciences. The nucleus of a Political Science faculty had already been formed within the Center for International Studies, a pioneering, interdisciplinary research center working on American foreign policy and security issues, economic and political development in the Third World, Communist societies, and international communication. By 1958, a Ph.D. in political science had been authorized. Political Science became an independent department in 1965, offering an undergraduate major and a Master's degree, as well as the Ph.D.

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MIT Course #Course Title
17.420 Advances in International Relations Theory, Spring 2003
17.40 American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future, Fall 2004
17.428 American Foreign Policy: Theory and Method, Fall 2004
17.471 American National Security Policy, Fall 2002
17.037 American Political Thought, Spring 2004
17.038 American Political Thought, Spring 2004
17.42 Causes and Prevention of War, Spring 2005
17.432 Causes of War: Theory and Method, Fall 2003
17.407 Chinese Foreign Policy, Fall 2005
17.408 Chinese Foreign Policy, Fall 2005
17.042 Citizenship and Pluralism, Fall 2003
17.955 Civil Society, Social Capital, and the State in Comparative Perspective, Fall 2004
17.582 Civil War, Spring 2005
17.584 Civil-Military Relations, Spring 2003
17.884J Collective Choice I, Fall 2005
17.484 Comparative Grand Strategy and Military Doctrine, Fall 2004
17.315 Comparative Health Policy, Fall 2004
17.544 Comparative Politics and China, Fall 2002
17.559 Comparative Security and Sustainability, Fall 2004
17.560 Comparative Security and Sustainability, Fall 2004
17.251 Congress and the American Political System I, Fall 2004
17.261 Congress and the American Political System II, Fall 2005
17.262 Congress and the American Political System II, Fall 2005
17.460 Defense Politics, Spring 2006
17.53 Democratization in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Fall 2001
17.176J Economic Development, Policy Analysis, and Industrialization, Fall 2004
17.184J Economic Institutions and Growth Policy Analysis, Fall 2005
17.32 Environmental Politics and Policy, Spring 2003
17.504 Ethnic Politics I, Fall 2003
17.523 Ethnicity and Race in World Politics, Fall 2005
17.007J Feminist Political Thought, Spring 2006
17.118J Feminist Political Thought, Fall 2000
17.006 Feminist Political Thought, Spring 2006
17.422 Field Seminar in International Political Economy, Fall 2003
17.418 Field Seminar in International Relations Theory, Fall 2005
17.905 Forms of Political Participation: Old and New, Spring 2005
17.960 Foundations of Political Science, Fall 2004
17.960 Foundations of Political Science, Spring 2005
17.30J Fundamentals of Public Policy, Fall 2004
17.881 Game Theory and Political Theory, Fall 2004
17.882 Game Theory and Political Theory, Fall 2004
17.196 Globalization, Fall 2005
17.195 Globalization, Fall 2005
17.410 Globalization, Migration, and International Relations, Spring 2006
17.411 Globalization, Migration, and International Relations, Spring 2006
17.547 Government and Politics of China, Fall 2002
17.952 Great Power Military Intervention, Spring 2004
17.462 Innovation in Military Organizations, Spring 2001
17.312J Integrating Doctoral Seminar on Emerging Technologies, Fall 2005
17.951 Intelligence: Practice, Problems and Prospects, Spring 2005
17.914 International Politics in the New Century - via Simulation, Interactive Gaming, and 'Edutainment', January (IAP) 2005
17.433 International Relations of East Asia, Spring 2005
17.434 International Relations of East Asia, Spring 2005
17.50 Introduction to Comparative Politics, Fall 2006 NEW
17.55J Introduction to Latin American Studies, Fall 2006 NEW
17.55 Introduction to Latin American Studies, Fall 2005
17.03 Introduction to Political Thought, Spring 2004
17.20 Introduction to the American Political Process, Spring 2004
17.20 Introduction to the American Political Process, Fall 2006 NEW
17.01J Justice, Spring 2006
17.188J Labor and Politics, Fall 2005
17.249J Law and Society, Spring 2003
17.524 Nationalism, Fall 2004
17.918 New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information Technologies, January (IAP) 2006
17.466 Organization Theory and the Military, Spring 2003
17.959 Organizational Analysis, Fall 2005
17.100J Political Economy I: Theories of the State and the Economy, Fall 2005
17.552 Political Economy of Chinese Reform, Spring 2003
17.551 Political Economy of Chinese Reform, Spring 2003
17.556 Political Economy of Development, Spring 2003
17.148 Political Economy of Globalization, Spring 2006
17.554 Political Economy of Latin America, Fall 2002
17.158 Political Economy of Western Europe, Spring 2003
17.000J Political Philosophy: Global Justice, Spring 2003
17.871 Political Science Laboratory, Spring 2004
17.869 Political Science Scope and Methods, Fall 2003
17.537 Politics and Policy in Contemporary Japan, Spring 2003
17.538 Politics and Policy in Contemporary Japan, Spring 2003
17.522 Politics and Religion, Fall 2006
17.045J Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions, Fall 2005
17.550J Property Rights in Transition, Spring 2005
17.265 Public Opinion and American Democracy, Spring 2007 NEW
17.878 Qualitative Research: Design and Methods, Spring 2005
17.872 Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy, Spring 2004
17.874 Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate, Spring 2004
17.908 Reading Seminar in Social Science: Intelligence and National Security, Fall 2005
17.405 Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle East, Fall 2003
17.406 Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle East, Fall 2003
17.509 Social Movements in Comparative Perspective, Spring 2005
17.57J Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-1991, Spring 2003
17.951 Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Political Behavior, Fall 2005
17.951 Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Public Opinion, Spring 2004
17.181 Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and Policy, Spring 2006
17.182 Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and Policy, Spring 2006
17.436 Territorial Conflict, Fall 2004
17.508 The Rise and Fall of Democracy/ Regime Change, Spring 2002
17.245 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights, Fall 2006 NEW
17.THT Thesis Research Design Seminar, Fall 2004
17.953 U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning, Fall 2004
17.317 U.S. Social Policy, Spring 2006
17.950 Understanding Modern Military Operations, Spring 2005
17.199J Working in a Global Economy, Fall 2005