BA in Government (International Relations)
Units required for Major: 42
Minimum required GPA: 2.0
The Government major complements a student's liberal arts education with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of government and politics. The Government major is structured to provide students with a background in the basic fields of political science, as well as to permit them a range of choice in completing the program. The Political Science Department offers several courses integral to interdisciplinary programs such as California Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and Women’s Studies.
The department emphasizes its expectation that students seek faculty advice when planning their program. Students may ask any faculty member's assistance initially. As specific interests are developed, students may wish to seek the advice of faculty sharing their interests.
Note: Although it is not a requirement of the major, the department strongly recommends that students take an introductory statistics course as part of their undergraduate work. A course in statistics may be used to satisfy the GE requirement in mathematics.
|Lower Division Courses (3 Units)|
|GOVT 1||Essentials Of Government 1||3|
|Required Upper Division Courses (15 Units)|
|GOVT 100||Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science||3|
|GOVT 111||Political Thought II||3|
|or GOVT 112||Current Political Thought|
|GOVT 130||International Politics||3|
|GOVT 136||International Political Economy||3|
|GOVT 140||Comparative Politics||3|
|Electives (24 Units)|
|Select 24 units 2||24|
21 of the 24 elective units must be upper division.
GOVT 35 may be taken to satisfy 3 elective units all others must be selected from Government courses numbered from 130 through 149. Students may also include GOVT 118, GOVT 119A, GOVT 127 and GOVT 162 as electives. Up to twelve (12) units of work in other disciplines that have an international relations/comparative politics content can be used to satisfy the requirements of the major, as long as approval by an International Relations advisor is obtained.
The Department strongly recommends that students select elective courses that include both thematic areas, such as globalization, internal organizations, and security studies, as well as regional concentrations such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle east.
These courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor from the Government Department.