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Requirements for a major in government are ten courses and 33 credit hours.

These courses include:

  1. GO 101, GO 102, and GO 103;

  2. At least one course in each of the following four areas:

    1. American Government: GO 211, GO 222, GO 231, GO 251C, GO 252, GO 311, GO 312, GO 314, GO 315, GO 331, GO 332, GO 333, GO 334, GO 362, GO 367, GH 322

    2. Comparative Government: GO 203, GO 209, GO 213, GO 227, GO 233, GO 239, GO 241, GO 251A, GO 327GO 347GO 348GO 349, GO 365

    3. International Relations: GO 201, GO 207GO 219, GO 226GO 228, GO 229, GO 251B, GO 301, GO 309, GO 319, GO 338, GO 339, GO 340, GO 346 GO 357, GO 366

    4. Political Theory: GO 204GO 205H, GO 236, GO 242, GO 251D, GO 308, GO 323, GO 341, GO 351, GO 354

  3. Three additional government courses totaling at least 9 credits, or GO 383 or GO 384.

Note: To fulfill college maturity-level requirements, at least 6 credits of 300-level government course must be taken in the senior year.

THE WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE GOVERNMENT MAJOR: The Government Department at Skidmore College is committed to helping its students become skilled writers. Recognizing that an important part of learning to write well in political science and government is learning to write well overall, the Government Department places considerable emphasis on both quantity and quality of writing opportunities in our courses and has adopted a wide-reaching and thorough set of Standards and Expectations for Written Assignments in Government and a Uniform Code of Notation for Providing Feedback on Written Work. Students in Government Department classes expect to be held to the expectations and standards established in these documents. Thus, by successfully completing the requirements for the Government Major, students fulfill the Writing Requirement in Government.

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MAJORS: In conjunction with the relevant departments, the Government Department offers majors in government-history, business-government, government-French, government-German, and government-Spanish. See Interdepartmental Majors. The department also participates in the International Affairs major.

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