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Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
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Political science is a highly diverse field united around a core interest. Political scientists study power, and especially power used for public purposes: how it is created, organized, distributed, justified, used, resisted, and sometimes destroyed. They study power both normatively and empirically. They study it in different settings: within states, among states, and in spaces that states do not (or no longer) control. They consider past as well as contemporary patterns. They use a wide array of approaches and methods to gain leverage on the even wider array of questions they pose.
The field of Government, or Political Science, is divided into four main "subfields." These are American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory/Public Law. We also have coures tha cover Political Analysis. The course numbers for these areas are as follows:
In order to plan your Government Major or Minor, please use the following Major Plan of Study Forms:
Please see a permanent member of the Faculty to review and sign your major cards (3 copies). Completed major cards should be submitted to the Department Administrator, Christine Gex, in 216A Silsby Hall and to the Registrar's Office. The third copy is for your own records.
The Department of Government does not offer a Modified Major. This includes both modified Majors in which Government may be the primary component (e.g., Government Modified with History) and those in which it may be the secondary component (e.g., History Modified with Government). Students who seek to modify a major in another department with courses in Government may do so by using the option of a Modified major without indication of the secondary department (e.g., History Modified).
Last Updated: 5/8/13