Courses at the Harvard Kennedy School

All Government concentrators are allowed to meet up to 2 of their 3-4 elective requirements through courses at the Harvard Kennedy School. The courses must be chosen from the ones on the list below; petitions to count other HKS courses will not be considered. Please note that secondary-field requirements cannot be met through coursework at HKS. Enrollment in HKS courses is always at the discretion of the HKS professor; please refer to the HKS website for additional instructions. 

Concentrators do not need to request permission to count the courses below for concentration credit, but they do need to fill out the appropriate paperwork so that the Government Department and FAS Registrar will know that these courses are being used for concentration credit. A Concentration Credit Petition for Cross-Registered Courses must be filed by the Fifth Monday of the semester in which the course is taken. Please contact Karen Kaletka for approval.

Please note that HKS or other cross-registered courses that do not count for concentration credit will not be included in the calculation of total GPA. See the Student Handbook for more information.



Business and Government Policy
BGP 100 The Business-Government Relationship in the United States Roger Porter Spring 
BGP 610 The Political Economy of Trade  Robert Lawrence Fall
BGP 670 Financial Crises: Concepts and Evidence Carmen Reinhart Spring

Democracy, Politics and Institutions

DPI 115 (offered as Gov 1540**) The American Presidency Roger Porter Fall
DPI 120* The U.S. Congress and Law Making David King Spring
DPI 122* Politics and American Public Policy David King Fall
DPI 207 Philosophy of Technology: From Marx to Heidegger to AI, Genome Editing, and Geoengineering Mathias Risse Fall
DPI 342 Religion, Politics and Public Policy in America Carleigh Beriont Fall
DPI 391 Race, Inequality, and American Democracy Khalil Muhammad Spring
DPI 415 Comparative Politics and Policy Pippa Norris Fall
DPI 418 The Rise of Authoritarian Populism Pippa Norris Fall
DPI 464 Latin American Contemporary Political Economy Sebastian Etchemendy Fall
DPI 543 Corruption: Finding It and Fixing It Jeeyang Rhee Baum Spring
DPI 600 The Politics of the Press Nancy Gibbs Fall
DPI 608 Political Communication Breakdown: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions Matthew Baum Spring
DPI 703 Democracy: The Long View and the Bumpy History Alex Keyssar Fall
Development and Economic Growth
DEV 130 Why Are So Many Countries Poor, Volatile, and Unequal? Ricardo Hausmann Fall
DEV 308 Social Institutions and Economic Development Michael Woodcock Spring
DEV 356 Economic Policy in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities Celestin Monga Fall
International and Global Affairs
IGA 103 Global Governance Kathryn Sikkink Fall
IGA 105 International Law and Global Justice Kathryn Sikkink Spring
IGA 147 (offered as Gov 1134**) Civil Resistance: How it Works Erica Chenoweth Fall
IGA 227 Insurgents, Rebels, and Terrorists: Causes and Consequences of Civil War Dara Kay Cohen Fall
IGA 236 Cybersecurity: Technology, Policy, and Law Bruce Schneier Spring
IGA 385 Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice Douglas Johnson Fall
IGA 513 Science, Power, and Politics Sheila Jasanoff Fall
IGA 538 Technology, Privacy, and the Trans-National Nature of the Internet James Waldo Fall
IGA 655  Middle Eastern Politics and Policy Tarek Masoud Spring
Social and Urban Policy
SUP 448 (offered as Gov 2490**) The Political Economy of the School Paul Peterson Fall

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

**College students should sign up for this course under the Gov course number, not the HKS one.