The minor in American government develops knowledge of the principles, institutions, and behaviors of the American political system.
All students have opportunities to
- conduct independent research
- engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
- participate in many forms of public service
- prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities
Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2018-2019)
In addition to meeting the following requirements, students must meet the university requirements for all minors.
Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits in government with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.
One core course (3 credits):
GOVT 103 – Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)
Five elective courses (15 credits) chosen from:
Any course on political institutions: GOVT 301 – GOVT 309
Any course on political behavior: GOVT 310 - GOVT 319
Any course from GOVT 409 – GOVT 420
GOVT 344 – American Foreign Policy
GOVT 480 – Internship (When topic is relevant, 3 credits of GOVT 480 Internship may be applied to the minor with approval of the minor advisor.)
Total: 18 credits
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.