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Navigating the Major

Here are some ways in which students, in consultation with their major adviser, can shape their program of study.


Donald Baumer, Mlada Bukovansky*, Patrick Coby, Kim Yi Dionne, Brent Durbin, Velma Garcia*, Howard Gold, Steven Goldstein, Alice Hearst, Gary Lehring, Marc Lendler, Gregory White*, Dennis Yasutomo (*indicates faculty on sabbatical)


Basis: 100

Ten semester courses (eleven for students doing an honors thesis), distributed as noted below. Structuring your major in govermment, and properly sequencing your courses, will depend upon your interests and advice from your adviser. Please note the following requirements for the major:

  1. 100;
  2. one course at the 200 level in each of the following fields: American government, comparative government, international relations, and political theory;
  3. two additional courses, one of which must be a seminar, and both of which must be related to one of the courses taken under (2); they may be in the same subfield of the department, or they may be in other subfields, in which case a rationale for their choice must be accepted by the student and her adviser; and
  4. three additional elective courses. Majors are encouraged to select 190 as one of their electives.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is generally compatible with the major. Students wanting to study abroad should consult with their adviser.