Planning Your Major
The field of Government, or Political Science, is divided into four main "subfields." These are American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory/Public Law. We also have courses that cover Political Analysis. The course numbers for these areas are as follows:
American Politics (Intro. 3, Midlevels 30's, Seminars 83's)
Comparative Politics (Intro. 4, Midlevels 40's, Seminars 84's)
International Relations (Intro. 5, Midlevels 50's, Seminars 85's)
Political Theory/Public Law (Intro. 6, Midlevels 60's, Seminars 86's)
Political Analysis (Prerequisite 10; Midlevels courses 11 – 19)
Courses that Cross-Subfields (Midlevels 20's, Seminars 81's)
The Department of Government offers courses at several different levels:
- Prerequisite: a course in the statistics and methods of social sciences (GOVT 10 or its equivalents).
- Introductory courses: The Department offers four courses (GOVT 3, 4, 5, and 6), designed to provide an overview of each of the four subfields in Government: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory & Law. Introductory courses are generally designed to be taken as the first courses in the major and usually not later than the end of a student's second year.
- Midlevel courses: Courses that explore specific topics in Government in greater depth (these courses are assigned numbers between 11 and 69).
- Seminar courses: Advanced, discussion-based, research and writing-intensive courses (these courses are assigned numbers between 80 and 86). Seminars are generally designed to be taken in a student's third or fourth years.
- Upper-level courses: Any course except for introductory or prerequisite courses
To plan your Government Major or Minor, please use the following Major Plan of Study Forms:
You are welcome to see a faculty member for guidance on selecting courses.
For classes of 2016 and beyond - Enter your major plan in Dartworks for review and approval. If you have question, please check the Registrar's Guide.