Meeting the Elective Requirements

All Government Department concentrators are required to take at least 3 Government electives; concentrators who take a methods course besides Government 50 are required to complete one additional elective course. The list below details ways to meet this requirement. Concentrators can meet up to 2 of their 3-4 elective requirements by taking classes at the Harvard Kennedy School, but only using courses preapproved by the Department of Government. 

Please note: The list below is intended for concentrators, not students interested in the secondary field in Government. Not all of the courses below will count toward the secondary field. For the list of courses that meet secondary-field requirements, please visit the Secondary Field in Government page of this website. 


Government Elective Courses for Concentration Credit

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.  

The following courses have been approved for elective concentration credit in Government for the academic year 2018-19. Except as noted, these courses may not count for subfield credit. 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.

African and African American Studies
AFRAMER 123z: American Democracy (West)
AFRAMER 150x: Race, Racism, and American Politics (Bobo)
AFRAMER 199y: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Question of Conscientious Citizenship (Terry)

East Asian Studies
EASTD 98b: Junior Tutorial: Japan and the World (may also count as Gov 94) (Pharr)
EASTD 98d: Junior Tutorial: The Political Economy of Modern China (may also count as Gov 94) (Dillon)
EASTD 121: Global Cities in East Asia (Dillon)

EASTD 196: Political Geography of China (Koss)

Environmental Science and Public Policy
ESPP 78: Environmental Politics (Jasanoff)

Ethical Reasoning
ETHRSON 39: Money, Markets, and Morals (may also count for Political Theory subfield) (Sandel)
ETHRSON 44: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government (may also count for American subfield)(Carpenter)

HIST 82f: The Origins of the Cold War: The Yalta Conference (1945) (Plokhii)
HIST 1281: The End of Communism (Martin)
HIST 1323: German Social Thought, Nietzsche to Habermas (Gordon)
HIST 1324: French Social Thought, Durkheim to Foucault (Gordon)

GOV 1045/MUSIC 193R: Topics in Music from 1800 to the Present: Proseminar (may also count for Political Theory subfield) (Rehding/Nelson)    

Social Studies
SOC-STD 40: Philosophy and Methods of the Social Sciences (Tontiplaphol)
SOC-STD 98qb: Democracy and Education in America (Finger)
SOC-STD 98ra: Topics in African American Political Thought (Terry)
SOC-STD 98rd: The Problem of Work (Forrester)
SOC-STD 98re: Patriotism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics (Ploof)

Societies of the World
SOCWORLD 54: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East (Zeghal)

SOCIOL 1023: Introduction to Political Sociology (Mandic)

United States in the World
US-WORLD 31: American Society and Public Policy (may also count for American subfield) (Skocpol)

Freshman Seminars (as SAT/UNSAT Govt. elective only)
FRSEMR 40i: The Supreme Court in U.S. History (Fallon)
FRSEMR 40l: Free Speech (Ungar)
FRSEMR 41p: American Presidential Campaigns and Elections 1960-2016 (Isaacs)
FRSEMR 41r: Media in American Politics (Baum)
FRSEMR 42n: From the Arab Spring to ISIS: National Security Challenges in the Mideast (Freilich)
FRSEMR 48k: Political Legitimacy and Resistance (Applbaum)
FRSEMR 70H: Landmark Cases in American Constitutional History (Klarman)
FRSEMR 71H: Political Philosophy in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (Mansfield)
FRSEMR 71L: Can Democracy be Saved? (Ziblatt)

Courses at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Please refer to this page for information on meeting elective requirements through coursework at HKS, including the list of HKS classes that have been preapproved for concentration credit in 2018-2019: