Coordinator/Dept. Chair: 
Prof. Grace Huang
Campus Address: 
207 Hepburn Hall
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Courses in government acquaint students with a broad range of political values, theories and institutions. They range over the four subfields in the major: American politics, comparative politics, international politics and political theory. What binds courses in these subfields together is that they ask, What is politics? What is power? What ends does power serve and what ends should power serve? These are just some of the questions that the major in government addresses.

We recommend that first-year students enroll in any of our introductory courses to the four subfields. First-year students interested in majoring in government must enroll, at some point, in a Writing Intensive section of one of these courses as well; Writing Intensive sections are designated by a “WI” before the name of the course.

GOVT courses available this fall and appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats, are:

  • GOVT 103: Introduction to American Politics (SS)
  • GOVT 103-WI: WI: Intro to American Politics (SS)
  • GOVT 105/ASIA 120: Introduction to Comparative Politics (SS/DIV13)
  • GOVT 105-WI: WI: Comparative Politics (SS/DIV13)
  • GOVT 108: Introduction to International Politics (SS)
  • GOVT 108-WI: WI: International Politics (SS)
  • GOVT/PHIL 206: Political Theory (HU)
  • GOVT/PHIL 206-WI: WI: Political Theory (HU)
  • GOVT/AFS 230: African Politics (SS)