With a the Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, students who are interested in a career path in political science, international relations, public service, law, campaigns, or research will gain the skills to face new challenges boldly and effectively. As a student in this degree program, you will learn to critically examine political issues, prominent actors, and processes in government, foreign policy, and international affairs.
Located at the Center of the Policy World
With George Mason University's prime location in the Washington, D.C. area, Schar School students have the opportunity:
- to learn from faculty with extensive experience as policymakers, lawmakers, and advisors in Washington, D.C.
- to intern and extern during the academic semesters, gaining real-world experience to build a professional network in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors
- to network with world-class scholars and practitioners in the fields of political science and international relations
- to access to 16,000 fellow Schar School alumni who are already working in political science and related fields
The Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics requires 43 credits, including five core courses, eight field study courses, and a senior seminar.
As a student in the Government and International Politics major, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through one of the following concentrations (browse our full list of concentrations here):
- American Institutions And Processes
- Comparative Politics
- International Political Economy
- International Relations
- Law, Philosophy and Governance
- Political Analysis
- Political Behavior and Identity Politics
- Public Policy and Administration
Cross-disciplinary concentrations alongside major:
- Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
- This concentration program is jointly hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Department of Economics, and the Schar School. https://ppe.gmu.edu/
Where Our Recent Graduates Work
Data gathered from recent graduates from 2017-21
Top Employers of Recent Graduates
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Capitol Hill
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Foreign Service Institute
- Middle East Institute
- National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
- Law firms
- Nonprofit organizations
- Lobbying groups
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Connect with Accomplished Faculty
Schar School students learn directly from faculty, both in and out of the classroom. And unlike in most undergraduate settings, they also have the opportunity to do original research under the supervision of university professors.
Fund Your Degree
The Schar Scholars program provides financial assistance to freshmen who are interested in government, political science, international relations, public policy, pre-law, and public administration. George Mason University also offers a wide range of additional aid, such as grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study employment.
Get the Student Support You Need
There are so many opportunities to explore at the Schar School, and you don’t have to remember it all!
We have a drop-in Schar School advising center where you can find a team of 3 professional advisors, 4 peer advisors who are Schar School juniors or seniors, and success coaches. The team is ready to identify your goals and make a plan for reaching them.
Whether you're looking for a residential learning community for your first year at Mason, hoping to develop your research skills, ready to tackle a global policy issue, or preparing for a career in law, you can benefit from one of our four Schar School learning communities.
- November 2, 2023Interning with his Congressional representative, Schar School senior Matthew Glaubke turned his Capitol Hill dreams into reality.
- October 18, 2023With a strong desire to advocate for others, Schar School senior Ernesto Galeas says the Schar School “is providing me with tools and knowledge, putting into practice what I've been learning and making me a better worker, a better citizen, and also better at helping others in need.”
- August 23, 2022Mason really wasn't on the radar for University Scholar Charly Dutton until she took a campus tour.
- July 19, 2022Schar School student and racism activist Sophia Nguyen takes the reins of Mason’s student government. Here’s her story.
- July 5, 2022Meet the Syrian immigrant who has found a new home at George Mason—and the Schar School: Jad Makdissi.
- May 17, 2022Thanks to her efforts in leading the Patriot Period Project and other ambitious initiatives, Shafuq Naseem is this year’s Gender and Policy Center Leadership Award winner. “Our mission is to address menstrual equity and period poverty on Mason's campuses.”
- April 19, 2022Perú native Ana Belen de Abril García Inga came to the Schar School with high aspirations. She’s determined to accomplish them, for the good of her home country.