Government and International Politics, BA

If you are interested in career paths such as political analysis, public service, law, campaigns, and research, then Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government is the place where you can find majors, classes, and internships that will help you launch a successful career and do the kind of work you dream of doing. Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. gives you access to prestigious internships, policy events, and national and international meetings.

Government and International Politics, BA

When you major in Government and International Politics, you will learn to critically examine the complexities of national and international issues, as well as political issues, processes, and actors. You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through one of the following concentrations:

  • American Politics
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Political Theory and Law
  • Public Policy and Administration

The BA in Government and International Politics requires the completion of 43 credits, including five core courses and a senior seminar.


  • International Security
  • Legal Studies
  • American Government
  • Global Systems
  • International/Comparative Studies
  • Political Philosophy
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Urban and Suburban Studies

The Schar School Faculty
Our faculty members are world-class scholars in the fields of political science and international relations. Their expertise is sought after and they have extensive experience providing counsel, advice, and instruction to policymakers in Washington, D.C. and beyond. As a student in their classes, you can gain insight into the most pressing issues and innovative approaches to political research and analysis, and get connections to “boots on the ground” policymakers.

First and foremost, however, the Schar School faculty members are committed to quality teaching. As a result, you will get to know your professors here and form mentoring relationships with them. That will help you do better in class, make wise decisions about internships and careers, and glean wisdom to be successful in life.

One of the best ways to find a job after graduation is to complete an internship that will offer you real-world experience and the chance to build a professional network. Schar School students intern at a variety of places, including:

  • Capitol Hill
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Middle East Institute

You can earn up to six academic credits of internship toward your degree.

Success after Graduation
A degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University will give you the credentials to land a great job after graduation. Some of our recent graduates have been hired by companies and organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Foreign Service Institute
  • U.S. Department of Commerce

As a Government and International Politics graduate, you will also have access to 13,000 fellow Schar School alumni who have the careers you want, who work as leaders for the organizations you want to work for, and with whom you can network and develop relationships.

Contact Us
We want to hear you. Please call or email us, or just drop by Robinson Hall to discuss your interests and goals.

Undergraduate Student Services:
Robinson Hall A201, MS 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-1400
Fax: 703-993-1399

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