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Government, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Department seeks to provide its students with more than extensive knowledge of political institutions and processes; it aims to arm them with additional tools that help them to better evaluate, advance, and refute political arguments. These tools involve logical analysis, causal inference, research skills, and effective communication of ideas.

A degree in Government from Georgetown University cultivates relevant skills in a number of different ways. Most Government courses require students to practice and develop analytic writing skills — whether in the form of in-class essays, out-of-class essays, or research papers. Students also must complete at least one Department Seminar. These seminars, which majors usually take during their junior or senior years, are limited to fifteen participants and involve significant writing assignments geared toward developing a student’s skills under the close supervision of a faculty member or advanced graduate student.

Honors Program

The Government Honors Program is an intensive, three-semester program of closely mentored research and writing that culminates in a Senior Honors Thesis. As part of the program, students take an advanced seminar in Political Theory and GOVT 201 Analysis of Political Data-I (formerly GOVT 229 Scope and Methods of Political Science)  in the spring of the junior year. Students then prepare a thesis proposal in the fall of their senior year (as participants in the Honors Research Seminar) and complete the thesis (in consultation with their mentor) in the spring. Students defend their work in an oral examination at the conclusion of their last semester.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • US Political Systems 
  • Comparative Political Systems 
  • International Relations 
  • Elements of Political Theory

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Our application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $35, non-refundable fee. 
  • Submit an up-to-date version of your resume or CV.
  • Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this degree. Your essay should be two to three pages in length, typed, and double-spaced.
  • Your writing sample should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official High School transcripts of GED Certification
  • Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57928 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57928 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
    Living Costs

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