Government Politics Requirements

Major in Government and Politics

Students must complete the required courses below:

  • GOVT 1000: Introduction to American Government (C or higher)
  • GOVT 2000: Comparative Government (C or higher)
  • GOVT 2400: International Relations (C or higher)
  • GOVT 2650: Political Theory (C or higher)
  • GOVT 4000: Applied Research in Politics (C or higher)

Students must complete the department elective requirement. Students may choose any other four GOVT courses:

  • *GOVT #### (C or higher)
  • *GOVT #### (C or higher)
  • *GOVT #### (C or higher)
  • *GOVT #### (C or higher)

*Internship, directed readings, and fieldwork courses may be used to fulfill no more than two of the four departmental electives (no more than one from each category). Government and politics majors who choose to concentrate on foreign area studies may use courses taken in approved study abroad to fulfill up to a maximum of three of the required ten courses.

Students must complete the senior seminar and a comprehensive exam in their major:

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • GOVT 4900: Senior Seminar (C or higher)

Minor in Government and Politics

Students must complete this course:

  • GOVT 1000: Introduction to American Government (C or higher)

Students must choose one course from the list below:

  • GOVT 2000: Comparative Government (C or higher)
  • GOVT 2400: International Relations (C or higher)

Students must take 3 additional Government and Politics (GOVT) elective courses, of student choice:

  • GOVT #### (C or higher)
  • GOVT #### (C or higher)
  • GOVT #### (C or higher)

Minor in Applied Politics

Students should choose any one of the following introductory courses:

  • GOVT 1000: Intro to American Government
  • GOVT 2000: Comparative Politics
  • GOVT 2400: International Relations

Students should choose any two of the following elective courses. Additional courses may count, as approved on a semester-by-semester basis:

  • GOVT 2200: State and Local Government
  • GOVT 2220: Urban and Metro Politics
  • GOVT 2250: Civic Engagement and Political Activism
  • GOVT 2300: Politics of the American South
  • GOVT 2350: Politics of Identity
  • GOVT 2500: The U.S. Congress
  • GOVT 2520: The U.S. Presidency
  • GOVT 2550: The U.S. Judiciary
  • GOVT 3000: Campaigns and Elections
  • GOVT 3100: Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • GOVT 3200: Mass Media and Political Communication
  • GOVT 3400: U.S. Foreign Policy
  • GOVT 3500: American Public Policy
  • GOVT 3550: Public Administration
  • GOVT 3610: International Organizations/Model United Nations
  • GOVT 3650: Constitutional Law
  • GOVT 3710: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • ECON 1000: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 2200: Economic Policy Issues
  • ECON 2200EI: Economic Policy Issues Abroad
  • ECON 3050: Health Economics
  • ECON 3120: Labor Economics
  • ENVS 1000: Environmental Issues
  • RLST 2400: Work, Ethics, and Society

Students must complete the following research course:

  • GOVT 4000: Applied Research in Politics

Students must complete an internship:

  • GOVT 4850: Internship (as approved with applied politics and policy focus)
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