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Not a Government Major?

Even for those not majoring in Government, the Department has plenty to offer.

Newly-enrolled students may choose to take one of the Department’s eight Freshman Seminars, all numbered Government 150, with 15 students in each.  Each meets the writing requirement.  Topics range from ancient Greek thought to recent Presidential elections.

All students are welcome to take Government 201, 203 and 204, and most Government 300-level courses, several of which fulfill General Education Requirements:

    GER 3: Social Science
        Govt. 203, Introduction to Comparative Politics
        Govt. 204, Introduction to International Politics

    GER 4B: History
        Govt. 336, Politics of China and Japan
        Govt. 337, Politics of Africa
        Govt. 338, Politics of Latin America
        Govt. 339, Politics of the Middle East

    GER 7: Philosophical, Social and Religious Thought
        Govt. 303 Survey of Political Theory (Ancient)
        Govt. 304 Survey of Political Theory (Modern)
        Govt. 305 Contemporary Political Theory

Government courses form a major component of the International Relations major, including its core requirements: Govt. 204, Introduction to International Politics; Govt. 328, International Political Economy; and Govt. 329, International Security.   In addition, individual Government courses also fulfill core requirements within the various Global Studies majors: East Asian, European, African, Latin American and Russian/Soviet Studies.

Government Department courses are also a key component of the interdisciplinary Public Policy major supervised by the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy.  These courses include Govt. 350, Public Policy, and Govt. 351, Public Administration.

There is no Minor in Government.