Joint Concentrations

The Joint Concentration deadline for Spring 2017 will be Friday, February 3.

Requirements and Instructions for Applying

A joint concentration is a combined pursuit in which the student develops a program that integrates two fields in a coherent plan of study; it is not the equivalent of majoring in one subject and minoring in another. Any student wishing to create a joint concentration of Government with any field must submit an application to the Undergraduate Program Office for consideration by the Faculty Concentration Committee. The committee reviews applications once each semester; the deadline is a couple of weeks before Add Day. This review process is intended to ensure that you have given careful thought to both the opportunities and potential problems that may accompany being a joint concentrator. It will help you to identify more clearly why you wish to pursue a joint concentration and what will be involved in fulfilling your objectives. In general, the most persuasive petitions come from students with excellent grades whose proposed plan of study has been endorsed by a faculty member in the Government Department.

You should take the following steps if you plan to apply for a joint concentration:

FIRST: Discuss your plans with the Gov DUS, Prof. Cheryl Welch, or the ADUS, Dr. George Soroka. They will be able to give you some perspective on the special burdens placed upon joint concentrators, as well as the intellectual rewards of joining disciplines. To make an appointment with Cheryl Welch, please contact Tricia Vio at tvio@gov.harvard.edu. To make an appointment with George Soroka, email him at soroka@fas.harvard.edu

SECOND: Fill out the Joint Concentration Application and submit hard copies to both the primary and allied concentrations by the respective deadlines (check with the concentrations for deadlines).

THIRD: Decisions will be sent out by the Add/Drop deadline (Fifth Monday) so that students have the opportunity to adjust their courses accordingly. Again, successful petitions usually require that students have excellent grades and have the endorsement of a faculty member in the Government Department.

The following charts describe the Government Joint Concentration requirements.

 

Joint Concentration Requirements for Classes of 2015 and Beyond - Government Primary

Sophomore Tutorial: Gov 971 half course1
Gov 50 (or Stats 100 or 104)1 half course1
Subfield Requirement1 half course in each of four subfields:
a) Political Theory
b) Comparative Government
c) American Government
d) International Relations
4
Undergraduate Seminar: Gov 94Two Government 94: Undergraduate Seminar. Students may substitute one Research Practice course (Government 61, 62, or 63) for one of the required seminars. On petition to the DUS, one seminar may be from the allied field.2
Senior Tutorial: Gov 992 half courses2
Additional Gov coursesOne additional half course in Government1
Senior ThesisRequired 
TOTAL 11

 

Joint Concentration Requirements for Classes of 2015 and Beyond - Government Allied

Sophomore Tutorial: Gov 971 half course1
Gov 50 (or Stats 100 or 104)1 half course1
Subfield Requirement2 half courses in each of two subfields:
a) Political Theory
b) Comparative Government
c) American Government
d) International Relations
4
Senior ThesisRequired 
TOTAL 6