Undergraduate Catalog

B.A. in Government

Summary of Requirements

2020-2021
General Studies 37
Pre-Major Courses 3
Major and Related Courses 30
Free Elective Courses 50
TOTAL 120

Students may choose from the General Government Track or from the Government with a specialization in Law Track.

GPA requirement: Students MUST graduate with a GPA of 2.75 or higher to graduate with the law track option. Students should meet at least every semester with their academic adviser and will be asked to switch to the general government track if they cannot satisfy the GPA requirement.

Required pre-major courses 3 hours

GOV 110Basic American Government

3

Required government courses 9 hours

GOV 301Political Theory I

3

GOV 410Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science

3

GOV 493Senior 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 335American State and Local Politics

3

GOV 346Political Parties

3

GOV 348Interest Group Politics

3

GOV 351American Constitutional Law: Powers /Checks

3

GOV 352Civil Liberties

3

GOV 353Civil Rights & Civil Rights Movement

3

GOV 355Mock Trial Experience

3

GOV 356Legislative Process

3

GOV 370Human Rights

3

GOV 384American Foreign Policy

3

GOV 401The Presidency

3

International Concentration

Choose two courses:

GOV 328Comparative European Government

3

GOV 329Comparative Governments of Asia, Africa & Latin America

3

GOV 330Introduction to the European Union

3

GOV 387Nationalism and Developing Nations

3

GOV 391International Relations

3

GOV 396International Law and Organization

3

GOV 397Democracy and Democratization

3

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

Other elective government courses

GOV 495Special Topics

1-5

GOV 499Independent Study

1-3