Courses Approved as Gov Electives

Government Elective Courses


The following courses have been approved for elective concentration credit in Government. This list is comprehensive and contains any course that has been approved for department credit in the past, and as a result includes courses that are not currently being offered. If there is a course that you think should count toward the Government Department requirements and it is not on this list, please contact the Undergraduate Program. Courses expected to be offered in the 2016-2017 academic year are indicated in bold.

GOVERNMENT AS AN ELECTIVE-- All Government Department courses (except Gov 91r, Supervised Reading and Research) count for Government elective credit.  Gov 92r may be taken more than once, but only one semester may count as a Gov elective. In addition, the following cross-listed courses count for Gov elective credit.  Only cross-listed classes taught by Government faculty may count for subfield credit.

African and African American Studies 123z, 128, 130, 191


East Asian Studies 98b, 98d, 121, 195


Economics 1340, 1370, 1430, 2020a, 2020b, 2054, 2080, 2328


Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning 13


Engineering Sciences 103


Environmental Science and Public Policy 78


Ethical Reasoning 11, 16, 22, 27, 30, 34, 39


French 190, 242


Historical Study A-12, A-51, A-71, A-73, B-34, B-60, B-61, B-64


History 73a (formerly History 1474), 82c (formerly 1466), 82f, 1281, 1322, 1323, 1324, 1465, 1989, 2472, 2782


Literature & Arts B-62


Moral Reasoning 17, 22, 28, 58, 64, 68, 74


Philosophy 171z, 178q


Quantitative Reasoning 38


Religion 1080, 1832


Social Analysis 46, 52, 54


Social Studies 40, 50, 53, 98hp, 98ji, 98lb, 98ln, 98nu, 98of, 98oa, 98kg, 98od


Societies of the World 15, 20, 32, 54


Sociology 164, 212, 259


United States in the World 15, 18, 20, 25, 31, 40


House Seminars: Dudley 111, Dunster 103, Leverett 113, Mather 102, Winthrop 108, 114


Freshmen Seminars (as P/F Govt. elective only): 30v, 40i, 42k, 42p, 42u, 43k , 45g, 46m, 48i,48k, 49i, 49z






Business and Government Policy
BGP-100The Business-Government Relationship in the United StatesRoger PorterFall
BGP-610The Political Economy of Trade (formerly ITF 110)Robert LawrenceFall
BGP-300Inside Government: Making Public PolicyLawrence Summers & Cass SunsteinSpring
Democracy, Politics, and Institutions
DPI-122*Politics and American Public PolicyDavid KingFall
DPI-132Presidents, Politics, and Economic Growth: From WWII to ObamaRichard ParkerFall
DPI-305Voting Rights and Electoral PoliticsAlex KeyssarFall
DPI-329Contemporary Issues in American ElectionsElaine Kamarck, David GergenFall
DPI-342Religion, Politics and Public PolicyRichard ParkerFall
DPI-395Political RevolutionsLeah Wright RigueurFall
DPI-405Building Better DemocraciesScott MainwaringFall
DPI-415Comparative Politics and PolicyPippa NorrisFall
DPI-416Electoral IntegrityPippa NorrisFall
DPI-431Global Europe in the 21st Century: Democracy, Governance, and PolicyMuriel RouyerFall
DPI-440Middle Eastern Politics and PolicyTarek MasoudFall
DPI-460Latin American Politics and PolicymakingCandelaria GarayFall
DPI-720Leaders and Leadership in HistoryMoshik TemkinFall
DPI-120*The U.S. Congress and LawmakingDavid KingSpring
DPI-340Conservatives and Liberals in AmericaLeah Wright RigueurSpring
DPI-413DemocratizationPippa NorrisSpring
DPI-454The Asia-Pacific in TransitionJeeyong BaumSpring
International and Global Affairs 
IGA-103Global GovernanceJohn RuggieFall
IGA-112The Politics and Ethics of StatecraftJ. Bryan HehirFall
IGA-116Great Power Competition in the International SystemNicholas BurnsFall
IGA-121Religion and World Politics: Connections and CollisionsJ. Bryan HehirFall
IGA-224Decision Making in Recent CrisesMeghan O'SullivanFall
IGA-232Controlling the World's Most Dangerous WeaponsMatthew Bunn/William TobeyFall
IGA-238Technology, Privacy, and the Trans-National Nature of the InternetJames WaldoFall
IGA-385Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to PracticeDouglas JohnsonFall
IGA-412The Geopolitics of EnergyMeghan O'SullivanFall
IGA-422Global Food Politics and PolicyRobert PaarlbergFall
IGA-513Science, Power and PoliticsSheila JasanoffFall
IGA-685Negotiating U.S. Interests in an Evolving Asia PacificJohn Park/Stephen BosworthFall
IGA-109Negotiation and DiplomacyR. Nicholas Burns/Robert Mnookin/James SebaniusSpring
IGA-182The Future of World Politics: Horizontal PowerRichard RosecranceSpring
IGA-217U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global AgeFredrik LogevallSpring
IGA-220The Politics and Ethics of the Use of ForceJ. Bryan HehirSpring
IGA-228Civil Wars: From Frontline Combat to Backroom DiplomacyJonah Schulhofer-WohlSpring
IGA-236Cybersecurity Technology, Policy, and LawBruce SchneierSpring
IGA-245Contemporary Issues in Intelligence GatheringJonathan ZittrainSpring
IGA-347Torture and Public PolicyDouglas Johnson, Alberto MoraSpring
Social and Urban Policy
SUP-449Politics and Education Policy in the U.S.Marty WestFall
SUP-575Political Analysis and Strategy for U.S. Health PolicyRobert BlendonSpring
SUP-601Urban Politics, Planning, and DevelopmentQuinton MayneSpring

Enrollment is always at the discretion of the HKS professor. Please note that there is a special procedure for non-HKS students to register for classes. Also note that according to Harvard College rules, an HKS course can be counted for concentration credit, and thus factored into your college and concentration GPA, only if a cross-registration petition is filed by the Fifth Monday of the semester in which the course is taken. This form requires the signature of the DUS. Please come to the Undergraduate office in CGIS between 9 and 5 to get the cross-registration form signed.

*Enrollment for this course is restricted to juniors and seniors.