Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Program Requirements

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees including the Mason Core. Students pursuing a BA in Government and International Politics must complete additional requirements for the BA degree in the Schar School of Policy and Government (formerly SPGIA).

Students pursuing this degree must complete 43 credits in GOVT and earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course applied to the major.

Banner Code: PP-BA-GVIP

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120 credits

Students pursuing a BA in Government and International Politics and wishing to narrow their focus may choose to concentrate in one of eight government fields or complete a higher credit concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

BA with or without Government Concentration

Core Courses
GOVT 101Democratic Theory and Practice (Mason Core)3
GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
GOVT 132Introduction to International Politics (Mason Core)3
GOVT 133Introduction to Comparative Politics (Mason Core)3
GOVT 300Research Methods and Analysis (Mason Core)4
Senior Seminar
Select one seminar from the following:3
Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core)
Honors Seminar (Mason Core) 1
Total Credits19
1

This option is for students who have been accepted to pursue honors in the major.

Government Field Study

Select any eight advanced government field courses, with or without a government concentration24
Total Credits24

Students may complete a government concentration (four courses) in one field, then complete any four more advanced government field courses to satisfy this requirement. Students who do not pursue a government concentration may choose 24 credits from the advanced government field courses listed below (with restriction) for a broader learning experience.

Up to three credits of GOVT 399 Research Practicum and GOVT 480 Internship may be used to fulfill the field course requirement with prior advisor approval. Up to six credits of GOVT 496 Directed Readings and Research may be used to fulfill this requirement with prior advisor approval. GOVT 490 Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core) or GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Advanced government field courses include courses numbered GOVT 301 - GOVT 499

Select 0-12 credits in any one concentration0-12
Total Credits0-12

Students may partially satisfy the field study requirement by completing four courses (minimum 12 credits) in any one approved concentration.

Concentration in American Institutions and Processes (AMIP)

GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
GOVT 302American Political Development3
GOVT 304American State and Local Government3
GOVT 305Contemporary American Federalism3
GOVT 307Legislative Behavior3
GOVT 308The American Presidency3
GOVT 309Government and Politics of Metropolitan Areas3
GOVT 311Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior3
GOVT 319Issues in Government and Politics1-3
GOVT 344American Foreign Policy3
GOVT 357Urban Governance and Planning3
GOVT 364Public Policy Making3
GOVT 365State and Regional Public Policy3
GOVT 409Virginia Government and Politics3
GOVT 422Constitutional Interpretation3
GOVT 423Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3

Concentration in Comparative Politics (CPOL)

GOVT 331Government and Politics of Latin America3
GOVT 332Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa3
GOVT 333Government and Politics of Asia3
GOVT 334Government and Politics of Europe3
GOVT 336Political Development and Change3
GOVT 337Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America3
GOVT 338Government and Politics of Russia3
GOVT 339Issues in the Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies1-3
GOVT 340Central Asian Politics3
GOVT 341Chinese Foreign Policy3
GOVT 342Diplomacy3
GOVT 344American Foreign Policy3
GOVT 345Islam and Politics3
GOVT 430Comparative Political Leadership3
GOVT 432Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa3
GOVT 433Political Economy of East Asia3
GOVT 434Democracy in Global Perspective3
GOVT 443Law and Ethics of War3
GOVT 444Issues in International Studies1-3
GOVT 445Human Rights3
GOVT 447Revolution and International Politics3
GOVT 448Ethics and International Politics3

Concentration in International Political Economy (IPE)

GOVT 322International Relations Theory3
GOVT 339Issues in the Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies1-3
GOVT 343International Political Economy3
GOVT 366Public Policy Analysis3
GOVT 367Money, Markets and Economic Policy (Mason Core)3
GOVT 368Tools for Economic Policy Analysis3
GOVT 433Political Economy of East Asia3
GOVT 444Issues in International Studies1-3
GOVT 446International Law and Organization3
GOVT 469Philosophy, Politics, and Economics3
ECON 385International Economic Policy3

Concentration in International Relations (INTR)

GOVT 322International Relations Theory3
GOVT 341Chinese Foreign Policy3
GOVT 342Diplomacy3
GOVT 344American Foreign Policy3
GOVT 345Islam and Politics3
GOVT 346American Security Policy3
GOVT 347International Security3
GOVT 443Law and Ethics of War3
GOVT 444Issues in International Studies1-3
GOVT 445Human Rights3
GOVT 446International Law and Organization3
GOVT 447Revolution and International Politics3
GOVT 448Ethics and International Politics3

Concentration in Law, Philosophy and Governance (LPGV)

GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
GOVT 302American Political Development3
GOVT 307Legislative Behavior3
GOVT 322International Relations Theory3
GOVT 323Classical Western Political Theory3
GOVT 324Modern Western Political Theory3
GOVT 327Contemporary Western Political Theory3
GOVT 328Non-Western Political Theory3
GOVT 329Issues in Political Theories and Values1-3
GOVT 334Government and Politics of Europe3
GOVT 407Law and Society3
GOVT 420American Political Thought3
GOVT 4213
GOVT 422Constitutional Interpretation3
GOVT 423Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
GOVT 427Feminist Political Thought3
GOVT 428Advanced Democratic Theory3
GOVT 443Law and Ethics of War3
GOVT 445Human Rights3
GOVT 446International Law and Organization3
GOVT 448Ethics and International Politics3
GOVT 452Administrative Law and Procedures3
GOVT 460Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society3
GOVT 469Philosophy, Politics, and Economics3
GOVT 4703
GOVT 4713

Concentration in Political Analysis (PA)

GOVT 307Legislative Behavior3
GOVT 343International Political Economy3
GOVT 356Public Budgeting and Finance3
GOVT 357Urban Governance and Planning3
GOVT 358Nonprofit Financial Planning4
GOVT 366Public Policy Analysis3
GOVT 367Money, Markets and Economic Policy (Mason Core)3
GOVT 368Tools for Economic Policy Analysis3
GOVT 433Political Economy of East Asia3
GOVT 469Philosophy, Politics, and Economics3
STAT 350Introductory Statistics II3
Any 400-level STAT course

Concentration in Political Behavior and Identity Politics (PBIP)

GOVT 311Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior3
GOVT 312Political Parties and Campaigns3
GOVT 313Political Psychology3
GOVT 318Interest Groups, Lobbying, and the Political Process3
GOVT 319Issues in Government and Politics1-3
GOVT 345Islam and Politics3
GOVT 353Social Entrepreneurship3
GOVT 412Politics and the Mass Media3
GOVT 414Politics of Race and Gender3
GOVT 4213
GOVT 423Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3

Concentration in Public Policy and Administration (PPA)

GOVT 304American State and Local Government3
GOVT 329Issues in Political Theories and Values1-3
GOVT 351Administration in the Political System3
GOVT 353Social Entrepreneurship3
GOVT 354Third-Party Government and the Nonprofit Sector3
GOVT 355Public Personnel Administration3
GOVT 356Public Budgeting and Finance3
GOVT 357Urban Governance and Planning3
GOVT 358Nonprofit Financial Planning4
GOVT 3593
GOVT 361Introduction to Environmental Policy3
GOVT 362Intermediate Environmental Policy3
GOVT 364Public Policy Making3
GOVT 365State and Regional Public Policy3
GOVT 366Public Policy Analysis3
GOVT 367Money, Markets and Economic Policy (Mason Core)3
GOVT 368Tools for Economic Policy Analysis3
GOVT 452Administrative Law and Procedures3
GOVT 460Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society3
GOVT 464Issues in Public Policy and Administration1-3
GOVT 467Current Issues in Economic Policy3
GOVT 469Philosophy, Politics, and Economics3

Individualized Concentration (IND)

Create your own concentration consisting of four upper level courses with Director approval. A minimum of two courses in this concentration must be GOVT.

BA with Non-Government Concentration

Concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Core Courses
GOVT 101Democratic Theory and Practice (Mason Core)3
GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
GOVT 132Introduction to International Politics (Mason Core)3
GOVT 133Introduction to Comparative Politics (Mason Core)3
GOVT 300Research Methods and Analysis (Mason Core)4
Total Credits16
Senior Seminar
Select one from the following:3
Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core)
Honors Seminar (Mason Core) 1
Total Credits3
1

This option is for students who have been accepted to pursue honors in the major.

Government Field Study

Students complete the following coursework:

American Politics
Select one course from the following:3
GOVT 401 - GOVT 419
Political Theory and Law
GOVT 323Classical Western Political Theory3
International and Comparative Politics
Select one course from the following:3
GOVT 330 - GOVT 349
GOVT 430 - GOVT 449
Public Policy and Administration
GOVT 467Current Issues in Economic Policy3
GOVT 469Philosophy, Politics, and Economics3
Additional Upper Level GOVT Courses
GOVT 422Constitutional Interpretation3
Two additional upper division GOVT courses6
Total Credits24
Additional Concentration Courses
PHIL 324Modern Western Political Theory3
or PHIL 327 Contemporary Western Political Theory
PHIL 357Philosophy of the Social Sciences3
or PHIL 371 Philosophy of Natural Sciences
PHIL 358Ethics and Economics3
PHIL 411Theories of Decision3
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
ECON 104Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
ECON 306Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 412Game Theory and Economics of Institutions3
Total Credits24

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors. Students majoring in government and international politics may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing GOVT 490 Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core) or GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core) in their major programs.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Schar Requirements in Addition to Mason Core Above

One course in Philosophy or Religion
One additional course in Social and Behavioral Sciences
One course in Non-Western Culture
Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level

Honors in the Major

Highly qualified students majoring in Government and International Politics and Public Administration may pursue advanced work leading to graduation with honors in the major. Those students selected for participation in this program take a two-course sequence: GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core) and GOVT 496 Directed Readings and Research. To graduate with honors in the major, students must complete these courses with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Biodefense, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated Biodefense, MS. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a Biodefense, MS with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission

Please see the Graduate Admissions for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Information specific to the accelerated MS program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are BIOD 604 Emerging Infectious Diseases I: Bacteria and ToxinsGOVT 500 The Scientific Method and Research DesignBIOD 605 Emerging Infectious Diseases II: Viral Agents and BIOD 620 Global Health Security Policy. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/International Security, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree program in International Security. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their major and an MA in International Security with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

Please see Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines may be found on the Schar admissions website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including at least 12 credits of Government, Economics and/or Global Affairs courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are:

GOVT 540International Relations3
PUBP 504Grand Strategy3
PUBP 506Ethics and the Use of Force3
GOVT 511Problem Solving and Data Analysis I3
or PUBP 511 Statistical Methods in Policy Analysis
or PUAD 511 Problem Solving and Data Analysis I

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/International Commerce and Policy, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree program in International Commerce and Policy. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their major and an MA in International Commerce and Policy with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

Please see Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines may be found on the Schar admissions website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including at least 12 credits of Government, Economics and/or Global Affairs courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are ITRN 500 Global Political EconomyITRN 504 Microeconomics and Trade PolicyITRN 503 Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy and PUBP 503 Culture, Organization, and Technology. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Political Science, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree in political science. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a MA in Political Science with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

See Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines for the Political Science master's program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including 12 GOVT credits, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are chosen from GOVT 500 The Scientific Method and Research DesignGOVT 510 American Government and PoliticsGOVT 520 Political TheoryGOVT 530 Comparative PoliticsGOVT 540 International Relations. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Public Administration, Accelerated MPA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master's degree in public administration. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in public administration with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. Information specific to the accelerated MPA program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including 12 GOVT credits, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are PUAD 502 Administration in Public and Nonprofit OrganizationsPUAD 511 Problem Solving and Data Analysis IPUAD 520 Organization Theory and Management Behavior and PUAD 540 Public Policy Process. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Public Policy, Accelerated MPP

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and the Master of Public Policy with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

Please see the Graduate Admission Policies section in this catalog for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Information specific to the accelerated Master of Public Policy program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including 12 credits of Government and/or Economics courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) from the following list to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

PUBP 500Theory and Practice in Public Policy3
PUBP 503Culture, Organization, and Technology3
PUBP 511Statistical Methods in Policy Analysis3
ITRN 503Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy3

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).