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Cornell University Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Cornell University

College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



The study of government has one major purpose: to teach how to think and write rigorously and creatively about issues of public life. The department divides the field of government into four subfields: American politics the political behavior, policies and institutions of the United States), comparative politics (the institutions and political processes of other nations), political theory and philosophy (normative theories of politics and history of political thought), and international relations (transactions between states, international organizations and transnational actors). Graduates with a major in government have entered business, law, journalism, government service, politics, teaching and a host of other professions.

Interesting Classes

  • Sex, Power, and Politics
  • Issues Behind the News
  • Racial and Ethnic Politics
  • The Postmodern Presidency: Election
  • Secession, Intervention, and Just-War Theory

Students went on to...

  • Study law at University of Pennsylvania
  • Study East Asian Studies at Columbia University
  • Be an analyst at Barclays Capital

More Information

More information for the Government major, Government graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.