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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts

MAJOR: Government

Requirements

Departmental Requirements

GOVT 100GAmerican National Government

3 cr.

or

HON 249GAmerican Politics in a Changing World

3 cr.

 

GOVT 101Introductory Government Seminar

1 cr.

 

GOVT 110GIntroduction to Political Science

3 cr.

or

HON 248GThe Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues

3 cr.

 

GOVT 300Political Research Skills

3 cr.

or

another social science research methods course (a list of approved options is available in the department office)

 

GOVT 415Senior Seminar

2 cr.

Majors must take three lower level courses: GOVT 100G American National Government (or HON 249G American Politics in a Changing World)(3 credits); GOVT 110G Introduction to Political Science (or HON 248G Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues)(3 credits); and GOVT 101 Introductory Government Seminar (1 credit). Majors should complete these lower level requirements before registering for upper-division government credits.

Majors must take one upper-division course in four of the six subfields. Subfields are identified by the middle course numbers: public administration and policy (20/30 series), American government and politics (40/50 series), international relations (60 series, may include HON 304V), comparative politics (70 series, may include HON 307V), political theory (80 series, may include GOVT 380V), and public law (90 series). In their final year, majors must also take GOVT 415 Senior Seminar (2 credits). Additional credits in government to bring total credits in major to 33, including 20 upper-division.

Note: Students may not count S/U grades taken in their major unless the particular course is regularly graded S/U. All courses must be passed with grades of C- or better. In addition, while research methods courses taken outside of the department may count toward the methods requirement, only GOVT 300 counts toward the 33 credits in the major.

Up to twelve hours of internship credit are available. However, only three hours count toward the major. Internship guidelines are available in the department office and on the Government Department web page, http://deptofgov.nmsu.edu/.

Students seeking the B.A. in Government must complete the second language requirement at the 212 or 214 level or above as described in the College Degree Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.