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2021-2022 Course Catalog

Required for the major in government

Students who major in Government will learn how to explain, interpret, and evaluate political institutions, policies, behaviors and beliefs. They will do so by using discipline-appropriate methods to answer questions in all four subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, and they will complete the major by undertaking a Senior Experience project in which they ask and answer a significant original research question concerning government, politics, law, or policy, in a subfield of their choice.  Note: Students majoring in Government may not also major in International Relations.

 

  1. GOVT 110: Introduction to Political Science
  2. GOVT 271: Research Methods in Political Science
  3. One of the following courses in American politics:
    • GOVT 211: Flexibility and Freedom: American Federalism in Transition
    • GOVT 220: American Elections, Candidates, and Political Parties
    • GOVT 360: The American Presidency
    • GOVT 370: Congressional Politics
    • GOVT 375: American Political Development
    • GOVT 380: Introduction to Public Policy
  4. One of the following courses in comparative politics:
    • GOVT 215: Democracy in Comparative Perspective
    • GOVT 245: Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
  5. One of the following courses in international politics:
    • GOVT 140: Introduction to International Relations
    • GOVT 340: International Politics
  6. One of the following courses in political theory:
    • GOVT 200: Politics and Human Nature
    • GOVT 315: Founding the Just Regime
    • GOVT 322: Liberty and Constitutional Democracy
    • GOVT 405: Individuality and Community
  7. One six-unit course numbered 400 or above
  8. Senior Experience: one six-unit course numbered 500 or above. Students may satisfy this requirement by completing a 500 or higher-level seminar, independent study, tutorial, directed study, or internship.

    The Government major requires at least eleven six-unit courses. At most two 100-level courses may count toward the major.

Required for the major in international relations

Students who major in International Relations will learn how to explain, interpret, and evaluate international conflict, cooperation, institutions, and behavior. Coursework will focus on the field of IR, with supplementary electives in comparative politics, American politics, and political theory. Students complete the major by undertaking a Senior Experience project in which they ask and answer a significant original research question concerning international politics, institutions, or theory.  Note: Students majoring in International Relations may not also major in Government.

  1. GOVT 140: Introduction to International Relations
  2. GOVT 340: Theory of International Relations
  3. GOVT 271: Research Methods in Political Science
  4. One of the following courses in comparative politics:
    • GOVT 215: Democracy in Comparative Perspective
    • GOVT 245: Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
  5. One of the following courses in political theory:
    • GOVT 200: Politics and Human Nature
    • GOVT 315: Founding the Just Regime
  6. One of the following courses in American politics:
    • GOVT 110: Introduction to Political Science
    • GOVT 211: Flexibility and Freedom: American Federalism in Transition
    • GOVT 220: American Elections, Candidates, and Political Parties
    • GOVT 360: The American Presidency
    • GOVT 370: Congressional Politics
    • GOVT 375: American Political Development
    • GOVT 380: Introduction to Public Policy
  7. GOVT 440: Practice of International Relations (3 units)
  8. One additional methods or experiential course of at least 3 units to complement the intended Senior Experience project and/or career. Acceptable courses include GOVT 475: Games & Strategy, GOVT 401: Field Experience, GOVT 446:  Topics: Analyzing Political Rhetoric, a study abroad experience, a traveling classroom course with associated travel component, a credit-bearing internship related to international relations, or additional research design courses that will be developed in the future. With advisor approval, students may substitute appropriate courses in statistics, economics, history, certain upper-level language courses, or other relevant methods courses from other departments.
  9. Three additional 6-unit electives, two of which must be in International Relations or Comparative Politics and one of which must be at the 400-level or higher.
  10. Senior Experience: GOVT 500: Senior Seminar in International Relations & Comparative Politics.  Students may also satisfy this requirement by completing a 500 or higher-level seminar, independent study, tutorial, or directed study.

Senior Experience in government or international relations

The Senior Experience in both the government and international relations majors consists of a capstone research project, an academic internship in government or politics, or other culminating work chosen in consultation with faculty advisors. Capstone research projects may be pursued through a senior seminar, in approved upper-level courses or independent studies, or through work toward an honors thesis.

Required for the minor in government

  1. GOVT 110: Introduction to Political Science
  2. The following courses, three of which must be numbered 200 or above:
    1. One six-unit course in American politics
    2. One six-unit course in political theory
    3. Two six-unit courses from the fields of comparative politics and international relations
  3. One six-unit course in government at the advanced level (numbered 400 or above), excluding tutorials and independent studies

Teacher certification in social studies

Government majors can seek certification to teach government/political science or broad-field social studies at the secondary level. For certification in broad-field social studies, students must complete the government major and a minimum of two courses each in two other social studies (anthropology/sociology, economics, history, or psychology) and at least one course in each of the remaining social studies. Students are strongly encouraged to take a course in U.S. history and a course in global history. A course in environmental studies is also required. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.

Off-campus study

Government students are encouraged to consider the Washington Semester in the Off-Campus Programs section of the catalog.