Government Hoopes Prize Winners 2020

May 15, 2020

The following Government concentrators in the Class of 2020 have been awarded the prestigious Hoopes Prize for outstanding senior theses. Congratulations!

Angie Cui, “Diplomas for Diplomacy: Foreign Students in China and the Soft Power Question” 

Isabelle DeSisto, “From the ‘Island of Freedom’ to the Iron Curtain: Rethinking the Role of Soft Power in Soviet-Cuban Educational Exchange Programs” 

Dhruv Gupta, “Bike Sharing Is Transit: Building Tools to Plan and Optimize Bike-Sharing Networks” 


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Gov 1005 Counts for Methods Requirement

April 8, 2020

We have a new curriculum change to announce: Gov 1005 Data will fulfill the methods requirement for the Gov concentration, in addition to Gov 50 Political Science Research Methods.

New College-Wide Grading Policy for Spring 2020

March 27, 2020

Harvard College has announced that all undergraduate classes will switch to a new grading system for Spring 2020. Instead of letter grades, courses this term will utilize an "emergency satisfactory" (SEM)/"emergency unsatisfactory" (UEM) system. A full Q&A about this new policy can be found on the DSO website

This policy supersedes the Gov Dept's previously announced pass/fail policy for Spring 2020. The Department will count SEM...

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A note from DUS Nara Dillon to Gov Undergraduates

March 12, 2020

Dear Students,

During the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff in the Government Undergraduate Program Office are here to represent your concerns to Harvard’s administration. We know that many of you have questions about how the situation will unfold in the coming weeks, and although we have few answers at this point, we want your voices to be heard. If you have any questions or concerns that you’d like us to bring to the...

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Isabelle DeSisto '20 Wins Fiske Studentship

February 11, 2020
Isabelle DeSisto '20 has won the Eben Fiske Studentship in Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, where she will be pursuing a MPhil in Politics and International Studies. Congratulations!