Coordinate Majors

Religion and Politics

Religion and Politics is a coordinate major between the Departments of Government and Law, and Religious Studies. The major proceeds under two assumptions. First, religious phenomena are a fundamental and often essential component of political analysis. Second, the political implications of religious beliefs, behavior, and institutions are important to the study of religion. In brief, this major gives students greater insight into political dynamics and enhances their ability to assess the impact that religious values have on politics.

Students may choose from two tracks: 1) American Politics and Theory: emphasis on religious study in the realm of American politics and theory; and 2) International: emphasis on religious study in the international arena.

Requirements for the A.B. Major:

American Politics and Theory track: 15 courses including Government and Law 101, 104, a 400-level seminar, four electives from the following: 207, 211, 213, 215, 241, 243, 244, 245, 246, 248, 258, 310, 311, 313, 314, 320, 321, 341; Religious Studies 101, 102, 222, 231, 240, one elective from the following: 201, 202, 214, 217, 235, 236, 237, 238, one 300-level elective; and one of the following: Government and Law 495/496 or Religious Studies 495/496 or a joint thesis in Government and Law and Religious Studies or Government and Law 390 or 391 or Religious Studies 390 or 391 (honors thesis or independent study-capstone). Thesis/Independent Study work must be done under the direction of at least one faculty member in each department.

International track:  15 courses including Government and Law 102, 103, a 400-level seminar, four electives from the following: 221, 223, 225, 227, 230, 231, 232, 235, 238, 270, 322, 329, 331, 332, 334, 336; Religious Studies 101, 102, 222, 240; two electives from the following: 207, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 221, 228, 232, 307, one 300-level elective; and one of the following: Government & Law 495/496 or Religious Studies 495/496 or a joint thesis in Government and Law and Religious Studies or Government and Law 390 or 391 or Religious Studies 390 or 391 (honors thesis or independent study-capstone). Thesis/Independent Study work must be done under the direction of at least one faculty member in each department.

Government & Law and Foreign Language

Government & Law and Foreign Language is a coordinate major between the departments of government and law, and foreign languages and literatures. This major is good preparation for students who are interested in pursuing careers or in focusing on intellectual issues that relate strongly to both political science and international studies and to foreign language.

The major provides the background needed for careers in diplomatic service, for work in international organizations or foundations, and for pursuing higher degrees in fields such as Area Studies and International Affairs.

Students may choose from three tracks:  A coordinate major in (1) Government and Law and French, (2) Government and Law and German, or (3) Government and Law and Spanish.

Requirements for the French track:

13 courses  including Government and Law 102, 103, 401-409 (one 400-level seminar) or 495, 496 (thesis) or 390, 391 (independent study) and four electives from the following: 221, 227, 230, 234, 244, 322, 329, 332, 335, 336; French 111, 112, 211 and three electives from 225, 323, 324, 424, 431, 495, 496.

Requirements for the German track:

13 courses  including Government and Law 102, 103, 401-409 (one 400-level seminar) or 495, 496 (thesis) or 390, 391 (independent study) and four electives from the following: 221, 234, 237, 329, 332, 335, 336, 341; German 111, 112, 211 and three electives from the following: 225, 311, 322, 424, 441, 495, 496.

Requirements for the Spanish track:

13 courses including Government and Law 102, 103, 401-409 (one 400-level seminar) or 495,496 (thesis) or 390,391 (independent study) and four electives from the following: 221, 227, 234, 322, 329, 332, 335, 336; Spanish 111, 112, 211 and four electives from the following: 225, 311, 313, 314, 318, 427, 428, 495, 496.

Contact Us

Professor Ilan Peleg
Acting Department Head
Charles A. Dana Professor
207 Kirby Hall of Civil Rights
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042
pelegi@lafayette.edu
(610) 330-5396