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Pathways Through the Government Major

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Overview

Students often ask about ways to focus their studies in the Government major around tracks.  On this page you will find a few possible pathways covering popular political science topics. Remember, however, that you are encouraged to craft a pathway that meets your interests and needs.  Please share your ideas with your advisor to ensure your pathway will get you to where you want to go.  Each pathway is a Sample Schedule featuring Spring 2020 classes.  Course numbers, titles, and availability subject to change

Focus on Global Politics

Year 1

Fall

Spring

GOVT 1817: Making Sense of World Politics (Intro to Int’l Relations)

GOVT 1313: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

GOVT 2553: Inside Europe

GOVT 2817: America Confronts the World

GOVT 2897: Human Rights at War

 

 

Year 3 (and/or perhaps Cornell in Washington or Study Abroad)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3353: African Politics

GOVT 3867: War: Causes and Conduct

GOVT 3990: Puzzle Solving with Data

GOVT 4503: Becoming a China Hand

 

Year 4 (and/or perhaps GOVT Honors Program)

Fall

Spring

 

GOVT 4000: American Grand Strategy

 
 

 

Focus on Authoritarianism and Violence in Countries Around the World

Year 1

Fall

Spring

GOVT 1817: Making Sense of World Politics (Intro to Int’l Relations)

GOVT 1313: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

GOVT 2264: Political Violence

GOVT 2553: Inside Europe

GOVT 2817: America Confronts the World

GOVT 2041: Electoral (Mal)Practice

GOVT 3293: Comparative Politics of Latin America

 

Year 3 (and/or perhaps Cornell in Washington or Study Abroad)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3353: African Politics

GOVT 4365: Ethnonational Communities and Conflicts

GOVT 3044: China’s Next Economy

 

 

Year 4 (and/or perhaps GOVT Honors Program)

Fall

Spring

 

GOVT 4000: Russian Politics

 
 

 

Focus on Political Thought and Criticism

Year 1

Fall

Spring

GOVT 1111: Introduction to American Politics

GOVT 1615: Introduction to Modern Political Theory

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3281: Constitutional Politics

GOVT 3715: Political Theories of Colonialism

GOVT 3072: The U.S. Constitution

 

Year 3 (and/or perhaps Cornell in Washington or Study Abroad)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 4021: American Conservative Thought

GOVT 3736: Ancient Political Thought

GOVT 3785: Civil Disobedience

 

Year 4 (and/or perhaps GOVT Honors Program)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 4816: Space, Territory, and Politics

GOVT 4846: Equality

 
 

 

Focus on Business, Communication, and Strategy

Year 1

Fall

Spring

GOVT 1111: Introduction to American Politics

GOVT 1313: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3547: America, Business, and Int’l Political Economy

GOVT 3082:  American Political Campaigns

GOVT 2169: Survey Data in the Information Age

 

 

Year 3 (and/or perhaps Cornell in Washington or Study Abroad)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3032: Politics of Public Policy in the U.S.

GOVT 3273: Politics and Markets

 

Year 4 (and/or perhaps GOVT Honors Program)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 4019: Intro Probability and Applied Statistics

GOVT 4022: Politics, Media, and Popular Culture

GOVT 4000: The Truth about Fake News

 
 

 

Focus on Public Policy and U.S. Politics

Year 1

Fall

Spring

GOVT 1111: Introduction to American Politics

GOVT 1313: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3082:  American Political Campaigns

 

GOVT 3042: The Politics of Technology

GOVT 3072: The U.S. Constitution

 

Year 3 (and/or perhaps Cornell in Washington or Study Abroad)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3161: American Presidency

GOVT 3032: Politics of Public Policy in the U.S.

GOVT 3112: Congress and the Legislative Process

GOVT 3142: Incarceration, Policy Response, and Self-Reflection

 

Year 4 (and/or perhaps GOVT Honors Program)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 4000: Democracy and Representation

 

 
 

 

Focus on Race and Politics in the U.S.

Year 1

Fall

Spring

GOVT 1111: Introduction to American Politics

GOVT 1313: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

GOVT 2225: Controversies about Inequality

GOVT 3152: Prisons, Politics, and Policy

GOVT 3012: Politics of Poverty in the U.S.

 

Year 3 (and/or perhaps Cornell in Washington or Study Abroad)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 3161: American Presidency

GOVT 3032: Politics of Public Policy in the U.S.

GOVT 3112: Congress and the Legislative Process

GOVT 3142: Incarceration, Policy Response, and Self-Reflection

 

Year 4 (and/or perhaps GOVT Honors Program)

Fall

Spring

GOVT 4283: Latino Politics as Racial Politics