Non-Quant Poli Sci

<p>Does anyone know of any political science phd programs that are less quant based?</p>

<p>What field are you interested in? Suggestions will be very different depending on whether you want to do comparative, IR, or American politics.</p>

<p>In general, less quant based top programs include Berkeley, Harvard (only one semester of stats required), Chicago, and (I believe) Yale. Other good comparative departments without a quant focus include Northwestern and Brown. More specifics on your interests within the field, and people will have more suggestions for you...</p>

<p>I guess I am gearing more toward American Politics.</p>

<p>Hmm. that is tougher, since much of the field of American politics is quant-focused. There are some places where qualitative work is still done, though much of it is historical in nature (American political development). Three great places to do this sort of work are Cornell, Yale and Berkeley. If you are interested in race and politics - another subfield of American where qualitative work is common - I would look at Chicago.</p>

<p>I'm not an Americanist, so hopefully someone else will chime in with better informed advice...</p>

<p>What about IR and comparative?</p>

<p>I know comparative better than IR, so I will stick to that: some very good departments where you will find lots of qualitative comparative faculty include Berkeley, Harvard, and Chicago. Top places where quantitative methods dominate comparative include USCD, Stanford, Columbia, and Michigan. You'll also find more of a quantitative emphasis (though not quite as strong) at Yale and Princeton, but I would look at the individual faculty in your regional area of interest there - for example, if you want to do Latin America or South Asia and qualitative work, Princeton is a great place to be. And if you want to do Southeast Asia, Yale is a good place for qualitative work.</p>

<p>Beyond that, you want to look for specific faculty in your regional area of interest and see what kind of work they and their students are doing.</p>

<p>...or go study in Australia or the UK, where politics is more theory-based. You need never look at a number, and there are lots of America specialists and courses in both countries.</p>