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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2019-20


Government

Chair: J. Russell Muirhead

Professors L. Baldez, S.G. Brooks; J. M. Carey, M. C. Herron, Y. Horiuchi, D. P. Lacy, M. F. Mastanduno, J. R. Muirhead, J. B. Murphy, B. J. Nyhan, W. C. Wohlforth;  Associate Professors J. Bafumi,  S. S. Bedi, D. J. Brooks,   M. T. Clarke,   J. M. Lind, D. G. Press, L. A. Swaine, S. Threadcraft, B. A. Valentino, D. J. Vandewalle;  Assistant Professors M. Costa, C. Crabtree, J. Ferwerda, J. A. Friedman, J. Horowitz, N. Miller, K. Powers,  J. L. Rose, S. Westwood; Visiting Professors Emeritus N. M. Kasfir, L. L. Fowler; Visiting Professors B. Avishai,  H. C. Clark, P. DeShazo, Visiting Lecturer K Aha, B. Fredrickson, T. Latimer, Y. Mounk, H. Nachlis, J. Sorens, A. Wu;  Visiting Instructors Research Associate Professor R. G. Shaiko. 

 

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Department Median Grade Standards

Except under extraordinary circumstances, median grades in GOV courses will not exceed A- in seminars, and B+ in all other courses.


Requirements for the Major

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. American political science is traditionally divided into four subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory and Public Law. Students may choose to study within one of these subfields or may choose courses according to some other intellectual plan.

Prerequisite: One course in statistics and the methods of social science: GOVT 10, ECON 10, or MATH 10.  Another course in statistics and the methods of social science may be substituted for GOVT 10, with permission of the department chair, in consultation with the full-time department faculty members who teach GOVT 10. Advanced Placement (AP) credit for Mathematics 10 or other AP courses may not be used to substitute for the prerequisite for the Major, effective with the class of 2023.

Requirements: The Government Major comprises at least ten courses chosen to constitute an intellectually coherent program. (The prerequisite is not considered one of the ten courses). These courses should include:

1.   Two introductory courses;

2.   Six additional courses at any level;

3.   Two advanced seminars in Government or 1 advanced seminar in Government and the Honors Program, as the culminating experience.

 

The Culminating Experience: To meet the requirement of an integrative academic experience in the Major, all Majors will be required to complete one of the following:

  1. Advanced Seminar (GOVT 81–89). To complete the Major in Government, a student must take an advanced seminar consistent with the goals of the student’s program. Seminar requirements will include a research paper in which each student has the opportunity to integrate material from the study of political science in the analysis of a specific issue or phenomenon. It is expected that under normal circumstances seminar size will not exceed 16. Students are encouraged to take additional advanced seminars. An Independent Study (GOVT 80) may also be accepted as a culminating experience.

OR

b.   Honors Program. The Department offers an Honors Program. Seniors participating in the program and completing the thesis (whether or not they receive honors) will thereby fulfill the culminating experience requirement. Those who enter the program and do not finish the thesis, but complete at least one term of the program, may, with the approval of the Director(s) of the Honors Program, be given credit for GOVT 80.

Requirements for the Minor

The Minor in Government shall consist of:

1.   Two introductory courses;

2.   Four upper-level courses, chosen to constitute an intellectually coherent program (GOVT 10 may count as one of the upper-level courses);

3.   One advanced seminar consistent with the goals of the student’s program.

Special Provisions

1.   Under College policy, GOVT 7 (First-Year Seminar) may not be counted toward the Major or Minor.

2.   Transfer students will normally be expected to complete:

a) At least five of the ten courses required for the major on campus, or in courses taught by members of the Department

b) At least four of the seven courses required for the Minor on campus, or in courses taught by members of the Department.

3.  Courses taken under the Non-Recorded Option (NRO), offered by any department, may not be counted toward the Major or Minor, including prerequisite courses.

 

Modified Majors

The Department of Government offers three Modified Government Majors that combine Government with Economics or Philosophy or both. Student transcripts will note the BOLD titles of these modified majors.

 

Government Modified with Economics

Prerequisite: Total of three courses, which should include: MATH 3, ECON 1, and GOVT 10 or MATH 10 or ECON 10. Another course in statistics and the methods of social science may be substituted for GOVT 10, with permission of the department chair, in consultation with the full-time department faculty members who teach GOVT 10. Advanced Placement (AP) credit for Mathematics 10 or other AP courses may not be used to substitute for the prerequisite for the Major, effective with the class of 2023.

 

Requirements: The Government Modified with Economics Major comprises at least 10 courses in addition to the prerequisite. These courses should include:

  1. Two introductory courses in Government (GOVT 3, 4, 5, 6); and two additional GOVT courses in Political Economy.
  2. ECON 21, ECON 22, and any other two Economics courses that count toward the Economics major.
  3. Two advanced seminars in Government or 1 advanced seminar in Government and the Honors Program, as the culminating experience.

 

Government Modified with Philosophy

Prerequisite: Total of two courses, which should include: PHIL 1 or PHIL 3, and GOVT 10 or MATH 10 or ECON 10. Another course in statistics and the methods of social science may be substituted for GOVT 10, with permission of the department chair, in consultation with the full-time department faculty members who teach GOVT 10. Advanced Placement (AP) credit for Mathematics 10 or other AP courses may not be used to substitute for the prerequisite for the Major, effective with the class of 2023.

 

Requirements: The Government Modified with Philosophy Major comprises at least 11 courses in addition to the prerequisite. These courses should include:

  1. Two introductory courses in Government (GOVT 6 and 3 or 4 or 5); and any three additional courses in Political Theory.
  2. One introductory course in Philosophy (PHIL 1 (any), 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, or 9); and any three Philosophy courses in moral, legal, or political philosophy.
  3. Two advanced seminars in Government or 1 advanced seminar in Government and the Honors Program, as the culminating experience.

 

Government Modified 

Prerequisite: Total of two courses, which should include: ECON 1, and GOVT 10 or MATH 10 or ECON 10. Another course in statistics and the methods of social science may be substituted for GOVT 10, with permission of the department chair, in consultation with the full-time department faculty members who teach GOVT 10. Advanced Placement (AP) credit for Mathematics 10 or other AP courses may not be used to substitute for the prerequisite for the Major, effective with the class of 2023.

 

Requirements: The Government Modified Major comprises at least 10 courses in addition to the prerequisite. These courses should include:

  1. Two introductory courses in Government (GOVT 6 and 3 or 4 or 5); and any two additional courses in political science.
  2. Two Economics courses in political economy and two Philosophy courses in moral or political philosophy.
  3. Two advanced seminars in Government or 1 advanced seminar in Government and the Honors Program, as the culminating experience (see below).

The Culminating Experience: To meet the requirement of an integrative academic experience in the Major, all Majors will be required to complete one of the following:

  1. Advanced Seminar (GOVT 81–89). To complete the Major in Government, a student must take an advanced seminar consistent with the goals of the student’s program. Seminar requirements will include a research paper in which each student has the opportunity to integrate material from the study of political science in the analysis of a specific issue or phenomenon. It is expected that under normal circumstances seminar size will not exceed 16. Students are encouraged to take additional advanced seminars. An Independent Study (GOVT 080) may also be accepted as a culminating experience.

OR

b.   Honors Program. The Department offers an Honors Program. Seniors participating in the program and completing the thesis (whether or not they receive honors) will thereby fulfill the culminating experience requirement. Those who enter the program and do not finish the thesis, but complete at least one term of the program, may, with the approval of the Director(s) of the Honors Program, be given credit for GOVT 80.

Apart from these three pre-set modified majors, no other modified Government majors will be approved under any circumstances. This includes both Modified Majors in which Government is the primary component (e.g., Government Modified with History) and those in which it is 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).

 

Non-Recorded Option

Government courses may not be taken under the Non-Recorded Option (NRO). Courses from other departments taken under the Non-Recorded Option may not be counted toward the Major, Minor, or Modified Majors

 

 

Major GPA

The Major GPA is calculated using the average of all completed Government courses (even if the student has completed more than the 10 required courses) with the following exceptions and provisions: .

  1. The Major pre-requisite are not included in the calculation of the Major GPA;
  2. Government courses being used to fulfill the requirements of other majors or minors are not included in the calculation of the Major GPA;
  3. Under College policy, GOVT 7 (First-Year Seminar) may not be counted toward the Major or Minor. Therefore, GOVT 7 grades are not included in the calculation of the Major GPA.;
  4. Although GOVT 99 (the third course in the Honors Program) may not be counted as one of the 10 major courses its grade is included in the Major GPA;
  5. Courses with grades E, CT, W or TR are not included in the calculation of the Major GPA.

 

Career Counseling and Special Programs

Department faculty members serve as advisors to all students Majoring in Government. In addition, designated members of the staff advise students who are considering graduate work and those who may wish to pursue careers in law, diplomacy, politics, or other aspects of public affairs.

 

Off-Campus Study

Off-Campus Program in London

The Department of Government sponsors a foreign study program at the London School of Economics and Political Science during the fall term. Sixteen students will be selected for the program during the preceding winter term; GOVT 4, GOVT 5, or GOVT 6 serve as prerequisites. Relevant coursework in other departments will also be considered by the program director. Students take two courses with members of the LSE Department of International Relations (GOVT 90 and GOVT 91). The third course (GOVT 92) is a seminar with the Dartmouth faculty member accompanying the group. Please check the Frank J. Guarani Institute for International Education website at https://guarini.dartmouth.edu/ for further information or contact the program director. 

Off-Campus Program in Washington

Students in any Major may apply to participate in the Government Department’s off-campus program, which is held in Washington, D.C., during the spring term. The program offers three course credits for the following: an internship journal that relates the work experience to the academic studies (GOVT 93), and two seminars dealing with the federal budget and separation of powers (GOVT 94 and GOVT 95), offered in Washington by the supervising faculty member. Applications are received in the winter, and interviews and selections occur during that term. In Washington, students spend their time on an internship or research during the day, two weekly seminars, and guest speakers drawn from the Washington community (officials, reporters, lobbyists). Please check the Frank J. Guarani Institute for International Education website at https://guarini.dartmouth.edu/ for further information or contact the program director.

 

Honors Program

The Government Department Honors Program provides qualified undergraduates with an opportunity to complete independent research under the supervision of the members of the Department. Participants define and analyze a specific issue or hypothesis in the field of political science and write a thesis (normally 75 to 125 pages in length). Students should consider the possibility of participating in the Honors Program when first planning their Major. Students must take courses providing necessary preparation in their sophomore and junior years and an advanced seminar in their junior year to allow them to develop a proposal. Students interested in participating in the Government Department Honors Program should obtain information on the Program from the Department Office.

Formally, the Honors Program consists of submission and acceptance of a proposal by the end of the spring term of the junior year and of completion of an Honors thesis within the framework of a three-course sequence during the senior year: GOVT 97 (Fall) and GOVT 98 (Winter) and 99 (Spring). GOVT 97 will count at a seminar and GOVT 98 will count as an upper-level course toward either the Major or Minor. GOVT 99 will not count toward the Major or Minor.

Each student writing an Honors thesis will be supervised by an advisor(s) who, insofar as possible, have expertise in the area concerned. Students are responsible for securing an advisor from the Government Department by the end of the winter term of their junior year. Participation in Government 98 and 99 also entails regular interaction among Honors students under the direction of the Department’s Honors Program Director(s). The Director(s) share with thesis advisor(s) responsibility for determining grades for the two courses.

Admission to the Honors Program and enrollment in GOVT 97 are granted by the Directors if the following requirements are met:

  1. Grade point average of 3.3 or higher overall and 3.5 or higher in the Major;
  2. Completion of six Government courses, plus the methods and statistics prerequisite to the Major (Government 10 or its equivalents). These six courses must include at least one introductory course, two upper-level courses and one advanced seminar before the end of the junior year; 

  3. Submission of a proposal by the end of the junior year, and approval by the advisor and the Honors Program Director(s); and 

  4. A written statement by a faculty advisor, submitted as part of the thesis proposal, supporting the proposed thesis and indicating a willingness to supervise the student. Advisors must confirm that they will be in residence during the terms when they have responsibility for supervising the Honors thesis.

Admission to the Honors Program will be granted by the Director(s) of the Honors Program and advisor(s) if they approve the thesis proposal and are satisfied that the student has the ability to conduct the necessary research. Students enrolled in GOVT 97 or 98 who, for any reason, cannot continue in the Honors Program may have their course enrollment converted to GOVT 80 (Readings in Government) and complete the requirements for this course under the supervision of their original advisors. Conversion must be formally recorded with the Registrar.

 

Students who will be away on an FSP or LSA during the spring term of their junior year are encouraged to discuss their thesis topics with potential advisors before the end of winter term. Extensions will not be granted on account of FSP or LSA participation

 

Government Website

Please check the Department website at http://www.govt.dartmouth.edu for further information, including updated course offerings.