B.A. in Government

Summary of Major Requirements

General Studies


Pre-Major Courses

3 - 6

Major and Related Courses


Free Elective Courses

44 - 47




Requirements for a Major in Government with a General Track

Required pre-major courses 3-6 hours

GOV 101 American Government and Contemporary Affairs I (3)
GOV 102 American Government and Contemporary Affairs II (3)
GOV 110 Basic American Government (3)

Required government courses 9 hours

GOV 301 Political Theory I (3)
GOV 410 Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science (3)
GOV 493 Senior Seminar (3)

Elective government courses 21 hours

A government major will be allowed to substitute one history course for a government elective in the major, and a history major will be allowed to substitute one government course for a history elective in the major. Such substitution must be done with the approval of academic advisors.

American Government Concentration
Choose two courses:
GOV 346 Political Parties (3)
GOV 335 American State and Local Politics (3)
GOV 348 Interest Group Politics (3)
GOV 351 American Constitutional Law: Powers and Checks (3)
GOV 352 Civil Liberties (3)
GOV 353 Civil Rights and Civil Rights Movements (3)
GOV 356 Legislative Process (3)
GOV 370 Human Rights (3)
GOV 384 American Foreign Policy (3)
GOV 401 The Presidency (3)

International Concentration
Choose two courses:
GOV 328 Comparative European Governments (3)
GOV 329 Comparative Governments of Asia, Africa and Latin America (3)
GOV 330 Introduction to the European Union (3)
GOV 387 Nationalism and Developing Nations (3)
GOV 391 International Relations (3)
GOV 396 International Law and Organization (3)
GOV 397 Democracy and Democratization (3)

And choose the remainder of the 21 credits in consultation with the department. Any elective course listed above or below may be taken.

Other elective government courses
GOV 495 Special Topics (1-3)
GOV 499 Independent Study (1-3)

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