Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Government
General Area Requirements:
To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, students must complete all degree plan requirements for their appropriate catalog.
A major in Government requires 27-30 semester hours (depending on catalog) of GOV coursework. Government 310L and 312L are included in the hours counted towards the major. 18 (of the 27-30 hours within the major) must be upper-division.
Government majors are required to take at least one upper-division course in three of the following six Government sub-fields:
American Government and Politics
Undergraduate courses listed by subfield
Government Course Descriptions
A “Tools requirement,” designed to train students in the research methods used in political science, is required for students who fall under the 2008-2010 and subsequent catalogs.
Students are not allowed to enroll in more than 9 hours of GOV courses per semester without special permission.
A minor consists of 12 semester hours, including six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study other than Government. Six of the required 12 hours for the minor must be taken in-residence.
Sample Government 4-Year Plan (2010-2012)
Fulfilling the Legislative Requirement in Government [For All UT Majors]:
The Texas Education Code (Subchapter F, §51.301) requires Texas public university and community college students to complete six semester hours of coursework in government/political science; study of the US and Texas constitutions and related subjects is specified as the required course content.