Majoring in Government
As a government major, you connect with some of the most complex issues of our time. You delve into political theory, comparative politics, U.S. politics and international political issues. You study gender rights as well as environmental politics and policy. You examine civil liberties and how societies weigh them against national security needs. We offer a dynamic program with a large and engaged faculty and a high level of student interest. Award-winning professors challenge you to explore issues and articulate your thoughts through written and oral presentations. Our majors have successful careers in policy analysis, journalism, law, national security, international nongovernmental organizations and government relations. Many attend law school or graduate programs in law enforcement, public administration, political science, media relations and journalism.
International opportunities and study abroad
Most government majors study abroad. Some spend a semester with a small group of Connecticut College students and one or two professors who travel together. Government faculty have led these Study Away Teach Away programs to Vietnam, Italy and Spain. Some government courses also include a travel component of one to three weeks.
You can focus your interest in government and international issues by pursuing a certificate from one of the College's interdisciplinary academic centers. The Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy stresses service learning and action research. If environmental issues are your passion, consider the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment. For an international emphasis, look to the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts – it includes foreign language study and an overseas internship.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Government?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I was struck by the honor code and the accessibility of professors. When I visited as a prospective student, I sat in on Professor Larry Vogel's introductory philosophy course. Not only did he include me in the class discussion and speak to me afterwards, but he also recognized me and remembered my name when I was on campus the next fall.
Q: Why did you decide to study government?
A: I was drawn by the course offerings. Every semester I was presented with classes that fulfilled my major and allowed me to delve into nuanced topics that I had been exposed to in my introductory classes.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in a peace and conflict program in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo. I liked the focused curriculum, the opportunity to learn Serbo-Croatian and the program's independent study capstone. I completed an internship in Sarajevo and did research on young Sarajevans who had been displaced during the war. Later I presented my paper at an international conference in the U.K.
Q: Did you complete an internship?
A: I interned at a refugee center in Vancouver. I developed an educational program on the repercussions of the Canadian government's new refugee policies.
- Middle East Politics
- The European Union
- International Politics of Climate Change
- U.S. Foreign Policy toward Latin America
- American Political Thought
- Modern Political Thought
- Analysis of U.S. Public Policy
- The Presidency
- The Politics of Refugees
- Human Rights in World Politics
- International Political Economy
- Constitutional Law
- Gender and U.S. Politics
- Chinese Politics
The Identity of Political Support: Personal Constituents, Gender, and Political Ambition
By: Hayley Sullivan '11
Advising Faculty: MaryAnne Borrelli
Balancing the Process of Democratization and the Continuation of State Stability: The Case of Mexico
By: Elise Dunn '12
Advising Faculty: Alex Hybel
The Media as a Terrain of Struggle: Navigating Representations of Violence Against Women in South African News Media
By: Megan Reback '12
Advising Faculty: Tristan Borer