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Government and Legal Studies – Overview

  • Michael M. Franz, Department Chair
  • Lynne P. Atkinson, Department Coordinator

  • Professors: Paul N. Franco†, Janet M. Martin, Richard E. Morgan*, Christian P. Potholm, Andrew C. Rudalevige, Allen L. Springer**, Jean M. Yarbrough
  • Associate Professors: Michael M. Franz, Laura A. Henry, Henry C. W. Laurence (Asian Studies)
  • Assistant Professors: Ericka A. Albaugh, Barbara Elias, Christopher Heurlin (Asian Studies), Jeffrey S. Selinger†
  • Lecturers: George S. Isaacson, DeWitt John (Environmental Studies)
  • Visiting Faculty: Shilo Brooks, Marc R. Scarcelli

Requirements for the Major in Government and Legal Studies

Courses within the department are divided into four fields:

American politics: Government 1000 {21}, 1001 {25}, 1002 {27}, 1037 {11}, 1100 {150}, 2000 {201}, 2005 {202}, 2010 {204}, 2015 {215}, 2020 {210}, 2021 {211}, 2030 {206}, 2035 {216}, 2055 {203}, 2060 {205}, 2070 {208}, 2080 {255}, 3000 {303}, 3010 {304}, 3020 {308}, 3025 {312}, and 3030 {309}.

Comparative politics: Government 1020 {19} (same as Asian Studies 1045 {19}), 1025 {18}, 1026 {20}, 1027 {23}, 1400 {120}, 2400 {224}, 2405 {288}, 2408 {221}, 2410 {230}, 2440 {227} (same as Asian Studies 2060 {227}), 2445 {286} (same as Asian Studies 2860 {280}), 2450 {232} (same as Asian Studies 2320 {282}), 2480 {239}, 2482 {283}, 2484 {235} (same as Environmental Studies 2306 {236}), 2486 {231}, 2500 {225}, 2520 {226}, 2525 {273}, 2530 {222} (same as Africana Studies 2530 {222}), 2540 {272} (same as Asian Studies 2061 {265}), 2545 {234} (same as Asian Studies 2821 {234}), 2570 {220}, 2572 {237}, 2573 {285}, 2574 {275}, 2576 {268}, 2578 {236}, 2580 {233}, 3400 {332} (same as Asian Studies 3300 {332}), 3410 {333} (same as Asian Studies 3060 {333}), 3500 {321}, 3510 {324}, 3520 {325}, 3530 {327}, 3540 {330}, 3550 {337} (same as Asian Studies 3810 {337}), 3560 {336}, and 3590 {359}.

Political theory: Government 1011 {26}, 1012 {28}, 1016 {29}, 2200 {240}, 2210 {241}, 2220 {244}, 2230 {250}, 2260 {245}, 2270 {246}, 2280 {249}, 2800 {243}, 3200 {341}, 3210 {342}, 3220 {346}.

International relations: Government 1025 {18}, 1026 {20}, 1027 {23}, 1030 {10}, 1037 {11}, 1600 {160}, 2500 {225}, 2520 {226}, 2525 {273}, 2530 {222} (same as Africana Studies 2530 {222}), 2540 {272} (same as Asian Studies 2061 {265}), 2545 {234} (same as Asian Studies 2821 {234}), 2570 {220}, 2572 {237}, 2573 {285}, 2574 {275}, 2576 {268}, 2578 {236}, 2580 {233}, 2600 {260}, 2615 {263} (same as Environmental Studies 2308 {263}), 2650 {265}, 2670 {270}, 2680 {261}, 2683 {279}, 2687 {287}, 2689 {269} (same as Environmental Studies 2369 {269}), 2800 {243}, 3500 {321}, 3510 {324}, 3520 {325}, 3530 {327}, 3540 {330}, 3550 {337} (same as Asian Studies 3810 {337}), 3560 {336}, 3590 {359}, 3600 {361}, and 3610 {363} (same as Environmental Studies 3963 {363}).

Every major is expected to complete an area of concentration in one of these fields.

The major consists of nine courses, with no more than two taken at Level A, and no more than one of these a first-year seminar, distributed as follows:

1. A field of concentration, selected from the above list, in which at least four courses including one Level C course and no more than one Level A course are taken.

2. At least one course in each of the three fields outside the field of concentration. These courses may be at Levels A, B, or C, though only two Level A courses may count toward the major and no more than one of these may be a first-year seminar.

3. Government 2920 {264} (same as Environmental Studies 2309 {264}), 2930 {284}, 2940 {219} (same as Education 2250 {250}), 3900 {393} (same as Asian Studies 3550 {344} and Religion 3344 {344}), 3910 {395} (same as Environmental Studies 3995 {395}), and Environmental Studies 2304 {240}, while not fulfilling the requirement for any of the four fields of concentration, may be counted toward the total number of courses required for the major or minor.

4. Students seeking to graduate with honors in government and legal studies must petition the department. Interested students should contact the honors director for specific details. Students must prepare an honors paper, which is normally the product of two semesters of independent study work, and have that paper approved by the department. One semester of independent study work may be counted toward the nine-course departmental requirement and the four-course field concentration. Students who hope to graduate with honors in government and legal studies thus normally must complete at least ten courses in the department.

5. To fulfill the major/minor requirements, a grade of C- or better must be earned in a course. Courses used to fulfill major/minor requirements must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).

Requirements for the Minor in Government and Legal Studies

A minor in government and legal studies consists of five courses from at least three of the departmental fields. No more than two Level A courses, with no more than one of these a first-year seminar, may count toward the minor.

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