In this minor, students learn the key features of government systems as they are applied in different contexts around the world. Students explore the interaction between government, society, and humans' most important challenges with respect to different regions and the international community.


Butt (minor advisor)


Students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and 8 credits of coursework must be unique to the minor.  For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ICS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students must complete all coursework with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course.

Core Courses

GOVT 132Introduction to International Politics (Mason Core)3
GOVT 133Introduction to Comparative Politics (Mason Core)3
Total Credits6


Select four electives from the following categories with only one from each category:12
Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)
Any GOVT 330–GOVT 339 world regions
Any GOVT 340–GOVT 349 politics and policy
Any GOVT 430–GOVT 439 global perspectives
Any GOVT 440–GOVT 449 international studies
Internship (when relevant, with the prior written approval of the minor advisor)
Total Credits12