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2015-2016 Course Catalog

Required for the government major

Government majors must complete either of the following two tracks:

Required for the general track

  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 235: American Political Thought
    • GOVT 315: Founding the Just Regime
    • GOVT 405: Individuality and Community in Modern Politics
  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.
  9. At least eleven six-unit courses total
  10. C average in the major
  11. At most two 100-level courses may count toward the major.
  12. Students may count one cross-listed course in economics toward the major.

Required for the international relations track

  1. GOVT 110: Introduction to Political Science
  2. GOVT 140: Introduction to International Relations
  3. GOVT 340: International Politics
  4. GOVT 271: Research Methods in Political Science
  5. One of the following courses in comparative politics:
    • GOVT 215: Democracy in Comparative Perspective
    • GOVT 245: Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
  6. One of the following courses in political theory:
    • GOVT 200: Politics and Human Nature
    • GOVT 315: Founding the Just Regime
    • GOVT 405: Individuality and Community in Modern Politics
  7. One six-unit course numbered 400 or above in international or comparative politics
  8. Senior experience: one six-unit course numbered 500 or above, with an international or comparative focus. Students may satisfy this requirement by completing a 500 or higher-level seminar, independent study, tutorial, directed study, or internship.
  9. Three additional six-unit elective courses
  10. At least eleven six-unit courses total
  11. C average in the major
  12. At most three 100-level courses may count toward the major.
  13. One of the electives must be a course with a comparative or international focus offered by a department outside of government. Students must clear their choices with their advisors in advance. Foreign language courses may only satisfy this requirement if they exceed the level required for the B.A. degree.
  14. Students may count one cross-listed course in economics, in addition to the above course, toward the major.
  15. Students may count Government 211, 220, 360, 370, 375, or 380 instead of Government 110 if they secure permission from the relevant course instructor or if they have received credit for AP Government.

Required for the government minor

  1. GOV 110: Introduction to Political Science
  2. One six-unit course in American politics
  3. One six-unit course in political theory
  4. Two six-unit courses from the fields of comparative politics and international relations
  5. One six-unit course at the advanced level numbered 400 or above, excluding tutorials and independent studies
  6. A total of at least six six-unit courses, four of which must be numbered 200 or above
  7. C average in the minor

Off-campus study

Senior Experience in Government

The Senior Experience in Government will allow seniors to pursue a capstsone 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.

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