PhD candidates who successfully complete the doctoral program can obtain a “minor” in addition to their doctoral degree in Political Science, by completing additional coursework in a subfield other than their main track.
Minors can be awarded in the subfields of the Doctoral Program’s specific tracks, in Social Science Methodology, or in other subfields closely related to political science, based on agreements between the Doctoral School and other CEU units. Obtained minors are certified at the time of the graduation by the Doctoral School in the Doctoral Candidate’s official transcript of records.
Minor in a specific track of the Doctoral Program: Students are entitled to a minor in a track other than their own if they collect at least 8 US credits from this chosen track. Out of these 8 US credits, at least 4 US credits must come from the core curriculum.
Minor in Social Science Methodology: Students are entitled to a minor in Social Science Methodology if they collect at least 8 US credits in optional research methods courses (in addition to the 6 US credits coming from the mandatory methods courses, the ‘Methods and Research Design’ and the ‘Prospectus Seminar Workshop’).
- TIP: Students who pursue a minor in Social Science Methodology may choose to complete research methods courses instead of the mandatory 4 credits that are to be completed from a second track. However, if students take a methodology track instead of their compulsory “advanced topics” course then this methods course does not count towards a minor in Social Science Methodology.
Minor in other subfields closely related to political science: To obtain a minor in another subfield closely related to political science, students need to complete 8 credits from courses offered by a partner CEU unit, based on a cooperation agreement between the CEU unit and the Doctoral School.
- Minor in Human Rights – A minor in Human Rights can be obtained by students of the Doctoral School after completing 8 credits of courses at CEU’s Department of Legal Studies (LEGS). These 8 credits all can be earned from both PhD- and MA-level courses, but only 4 MA-level courses can be counted towards the mandatory course requirements of the PhD program of Political Science, contingent on the approval of the School Director (see section 3.1 of the Doctoral Program Regulations on Coursework). Students who pursue the minor in Human Rights may choose to complete the required LEGS courses instead of the mandatory 4 credits that are to be completed from a second track.
- Minor in Nationalism Studies – A minor in Nationalism Studies can be obtained by students of the Doctoral School after completing 8 credits of courses at CEU’s Nationalism Studies Program, all tracks are eligible. 4 of those credits can be completed instead of the mandatory 4 credits from a second DSPS track. Students should consult with their supervisor and track representative to make sure the minor fits into their research topic and study plan.