Government & Politics Departmental Policies

It is the responsibility of students to familiarize themselves with all course, department, college, and university policies. Questions about GVPT course and departmental policies may be directed to GVPT Advising.

Pre-requisite Policy

The Government & Politics Department enforces all pre-requisites. Students must have successfully complete a pre-requisite the semester before registering for any class. The Government & Politics Department reserves the right to drop students who are missing a pre-requisite from their intended course without notice.

Course Restriction Policy

Government and Politics majors are allowed to take a maximum of 3 GVPT courses per fall and spring semester. All other majors are restricted from taking no more than 1 GVPT course per semester. 

UMD Major Credits Policy

At least 4 upper-level GVPT courses (12 credits) must be completed in residence through UMD. Please check with your GVPT advisor if you plan to study abroad or take courses at another institution to ensure that you are not in violation of this policy. GVPT counts courses by credits. One course is considered to be 3 credits. No major requirement will be considered complete until the minimum amount of credits has been reached.

Study Abroad Credits Policy

Students may apply a maximum of 6 credits of pre-approved study abroad coursework towards the 36 credits in GVPT requirements. Additional GVPT credit completed abroad will be applied as general electives. Prior to studying abroad, please check in with your GVPT advisor to confirm compliance with the UMD Major Credits Policy outlined above.

Oversubscription Policy

In accordance with BSOS College policy, the Government and Politics Department does not oversubscribe students to any GVPT courses. Students are encouraged to sign up for all courses on their registration date, and must complete any mandatory advising or remove any other registration block BEFORE their registration appointment. Students should remain on waitlists and remember to check in every day during schedule adjustment to ensure they do not lose their spot on the waitlist. Starting on the first day of classes, the first 5 students on the waitlist for a course will be granted access to the course page on ELMs. These students should continue checking in on the waitlist until they officially receive a seat. If a seat is not gained at the end of the schedule adjustment period, the student will be removed from the waitlist and will lose access to the ELMs page.

No Double-Counting Major Requirements Policy

GVPT students will not be permitted to use one course to fulfill multiple GVPT major requirements. For example, students may not use a quantitative GVPT seminar course towards their skills requirement section and also towards the courses of choice section.

Experiential Learning Policy

GVPT students are able to apply 6 experiential learning credits towards GVPT major requirements. GVPT considers experiential learning to consist of approved internship programs (GVPT377 [previously GVPT388W], Federal/Global Fellows Fall courses), GVPT research and independent studies (GVPT388), the GVPT Undergraduate TA program (GVPT386), and Mock Trial (GVPT217 and 317). Opportunities that put students beyond the six credit limit will be considered elective credit.

42 Credit Policy

No more than 42 GVPT credits may be applied towards the 120 credits required for graduation. GVPT requirements completed through AP/IB coursework, transfer coursework, non-resident education abroad coursework, scholars, young scholars, and minor coursework are not included in this 42-credit limit. 


Special Partner Programs

In limited circumstances, GVPT students may be allowed to substitute approved courses for GVPT courses of choice. Grades of C- or higher must be earned in order for courses to apply. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they abide by all University and Departmental policies. Students should not assume non-GVPT courses will be allowed to apply to the major if they are not listed here, or if applying said courses will put students in violation of other policies. Questions may be directed to GVPT Advising.

Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM)

Generally, students are able to double-count two GVPT courses between the GVPT major and the IDCM minor. Overlap between these two programs is often decided on a case by case basis. GVPT students pursuing MIDCM should plan to meet with a GVPT Advisor to confirm their plans abide by all relevant policies.

Law & Society Minor (MLAW)

MLAW courses taught by GVPT faculty members may be used as upper-level GVPT courses of choice. A maximum of two courses (or 6 credits) may double count between the GVPT major and the MLAW program.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PHPE)

The PHPE major offers two courses that are crosslisted with GVPT: PHPE400 (crosslisted with GVPT449D) and PHPE401 (crosslisted with GVPT449E). While GVPT students are able to enroll in either of these courses under any course code, students will be limited in applying ONE of these options towards the GVPT courses of choice section. Questions regarding the applicability of these courses to the GVPT major may be directed to the GVPT advising office. Questions regarding course content should be directed to the host department, PHPE.

University Honors

University Honors (HONR) seminars taught by GVPT faculty members may be used as lower-level GVPT courses of choice.

Justice & Legal Thought Scholars Program

Justice & Legal Thought seminar courses taught by GVPT faculty members may be used as lower-level GVPT courses of choice.

Global Communities

BSGC101 may be applied as a lower-level GVPT course of choice.

Federal & Global Fellows (FGSM)

FGSM fall seminar courses (and their HONR  crosslisted options) may count as upper-level GVPT courses of choice. Fall seminar courses taken specifically through the Global Fellows program may count for upper-level GVPT-IR credit. ALL Federal & Global Fellows seminar courses are considered experiential learning credit. GVPT students are allowed to apply 6 total experiential learning credits towards the GVPT major. More information about GVPT's experiential learning policy may be found under the 'Experiential Learning Policy' header above.