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The minor in American government provides students the opportunity to focus on the most relevant features of American government, its institutions, the political behavior of its citizens and leaders, and the defining political questions of our time.


Travis (minor advisor)


Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits in government with a minimum grade of C in each course. Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: AMGV

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Core Course

GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
Total Credits3


Select five electives from the following:15
Any course on political institutions: GOVT 301GOVT 309
Any course on political behavior GOVT 310–GOVT 319
Any course from GOVT 409GOVT 420
American Foreign Policy
Internship 1
Total Credits15