FAQ

Does Stat 100, 104, or 110 count for the methods requirement?

Yes, students may meet the methods requirement by taking a course on statistical methods in the Statistics Department (e.g., Stat 100, 104, or 110). However, any student meeting this requirement through a non-Government course must take one additional Government elective.  

What is the methods requirement in Government?

All concentrators are required to take at least one class in statistical methods. Most students will complete this requirement with Gov 50: Data. Students with previous experience in statistics (e.g., a 5 on the AP Statistics exam) may choose instead to take a higher-level course in Government, such as Gov 51 or 52, but all students must take at least one course in statistical methods for the concentration. Students may complete this requirement with a statistics course outside the Government Department (e.g., Stat 104 or Stat 110), but any concentrators meeting the requirement with a non-... Read more about What is the methods requirement in Government?

Is the list of courses that meet secondary-field requirements the same as the list of courses that meet the concentration "elective" requirements?

No. Only courses in the Government Department, and a small number of outside courses taught by Government Department faculty, may be used toward the secondary field requirements. Many of the courses outside the Department that concentrators take for elective credit (for instance, courses at the Harvard Kennedy School) cannot be used toward the secondary field.

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Can I drop the thesis if I need to?

Yes, you may. Each year, whether due to having picked a topic that proves intractable to research or deciding that other commitments are more pressing, a small number (usually not more than 10%) of thesis writers abandon their thesis project. If you know you will not continue to write past the Fall term, complete the requirements for that semester’s Gov 99 and do not register for 99 in the Spring term (it is divisible for precisely this reason). However, if you register for the second half of Gov 99 and do not drop it by the Add/Drop deadline, you’ve committed to handing in a thesis in...

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