The mission of the Government and Law Department within the College’s liberal arts tradition is:
Ten courses within the department, including:
*Because all upper-level political theory courses require Introduction to Political Theory as a prerequisite, majors should plan to take Govt 104.
**Some courses are designated as providing exposure toward more than one subfield. To fulfill the exposure requirements, students who take a course designated as satisfying two subfields can count that course toward either of the identified subfields, but not toward both.
***A Government and Law honors thesis proceeds over two semesters (GOVT 495 and GOVT 496); only one of those courses can count toward the ten courses required for completion of the major.
Keep track of your major requirements by filling out the Govt and Law Major Worksheet.
View a listing of course offerings by subfield designation here.
There are three ways to complete a minor in Government and Law. Students may pursue one of the following options:
All students pursuing a minor must submit a petition form to the Registrar, signed by the student’s academic adviser and the Government and Law department head.
Students who meet minimum GPA requirements may be eligible to pursue an honors thesis in government and law.
Learn more about the honors thesis.
Students may be eligible to receive course credit for fieldwork with a government agency, law firm, political campaign, news organization, or NGO.
Learn more about earning credit for an internship.
Government and law with religion, and foreign languages and literatures
Learn more about the coordinate majors.