Why major in...
The Government Department at Berry College offers
students a comprehensive, theoretically informed, empirically rich, and
historically sensitive set of courses. The major’s upper-division
courses cover a wide range of areas including international studies and
comparative politics, but students in this major often focus their
studies on American political institutions and processes as well as
political philosophy. In the field of American politics, Government
students can choose courses that cover the three political branches,
constitutional law, public administration and public policy, the
American Founding, American political development, political parties
and interest groups. Among the political philosophy choices offered by
the department include ancient, modern, contemporary, and American
political thought. We encourage our Government majors to take a wide
variety of courses from all the department’s professors—who, together,
represent a wide variety of methodological and ideological
perspectives—but those students who wish to particularly focus on
international studies or comparative politics may wish to consider
majoring in International Studies.
Students majoring in Government have successfully pursued a wide variety
of careers both in the public and private sectors, and in recent years
our graduates have gone on to law school, graduate school, theology
school, national government, state government, the media, and industry.