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Prospective Students

Are you interested in applying to the University of Maryland and majoring in Government and Politics? Are you a current student at University of Maryland and would like to change your major to Government and Politics? Explore this area to learn how to become a GVPT major.

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Current GVPT Students

If you are a current GVPT major, explore this area to learn more about requirements, policies, and advising services.

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International Relations Concentration

Students pursuing the IR concentration will explore why states engage in war, how states maintain peace, the causes of global financial crisis, how international organizations change interstate relations, and other important global issues.

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Bachelor of Science Track

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Government and Politics provides students with rigorous substantive and methodological training to understand, interpret, and produce empirical political science research. The B.S. track is primarily for students with a strong background and interest in statistics and data science. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in political science (or a related field) or careers that use quantitative research should consider the B.S. track in Government and Politics.

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Academic Opportunities

Looking to be more engaged outside of the classroom? Enhance your experience in the GVPT major by taking advantage of the many opportunities in our department.

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Internships and Careers

Improve your competitiveness for the job market or graduate school by utilizing one of the many resources available through GVPT.

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Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) Combined 4+1

The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) combined program provides BSOS undergraduate students an opportunity to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree in five academic years.

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Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM)

The Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) prepares students with the theoretical frameworks and practical skills necessary to address critical global concerns.

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GVPT Global

Explore GVPT's international curriculum options.