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American Politics is the study of U.S. political institutions, processes, and behavior. Americanists study elections, Supreme Court decisions, social movements, Congressional politics, interest groups, political parties, federalism, state and local politics, public policy, and related topics.
Comparative Politics is the study of politics and policy around the world. Comparativists study democratization and dictatorship, revolution, ethnic and religious politics, political violence, individual and group rights, political parties and elections, economic development, and related themes.
International Relations is the study of interactions among sovereign states and other actors in the international arena. People who study international relations study diplomacy, trade, war, international law and international organizations (e.g., the United Nations), and so forth.
Political Theory and Public Law focuses on the theoretical and philosophical questions raised by the ways human beings wield power and seek justice. Political theorists also study basic questions pertaining to freedom, rights and liberties, legitimacy, the appropriate boundaries of law, and so on.
Many courses, and the interests of most faculty members, span subfield divisions. Students are invited to identify topics or puzzles of interest to them, and then to pursue those topics or puzzles across subfields—and, indeed, across academic departments and programs.
Except under extraordinary circumstances, median grades in GOV courses will not exceed A- in seminars, and B+ in all other courses.
The Government Department transfer request deadline is 10 days prior to the deadline listed on the Registrar's webpage for the relevant academic term.
Department of Government deadline to file transfer request application (Winter and Spring 20): Friday, September 27, 2019
Registrar deadline to file transfer term application (Winter and Spring 20): Monday, October 7, 2019
Department of Government deadline to file transfer request application (Summer and Fall 20): Friday, April 10, 2020
Registrar deadline to file transfer term application (Summer and Fall 20): Monday, April 20, 2020
Submit the course syllabus along with the Registrar's Transfer Credit Approval Form and a Government Department Transfer Credit Form for each course to Roberta Seaver in 201 Silsby Hall. She will submit it to the Government Department Curriculum Committee for review. An email will be sent to notifying you of the committee's decision. You will then pick up the completed form and submit it to the Registrar's office. Please download the form so you may complete all required fields before sending to the department.
Applications for Transfer and Exchange Credit are available in the Registrar's Office.