The Department of Government
The Department of Government


Advising Bars

Advising Bars are placed on student’s records that are new to the major or are on scholastic probation.  Advising bars can only be removed by meeting in person with an advisor in the Government Undergraduate Advising Office.  It is the student’s responsibility to take care of all registration bars, including advising bars, BEFORE his or her registration time slot opens.


GOV 310L – 12 semester hours of college coursework
GOV 312L – 24 semester hours of college coursework, including GOV 310L (or transfer equivalent)  
Upper-Division Government – 6 semester hours of lower division coursework in Government (GOV 310L & GOV 312L (or transfer equivalent(s))). 

The prerequisites for GOV 312L and upper-division GOV courses will be enforced and ineligible students will not be allowed to register.  Some upper-division specialty courses have additional prerequisites.

Restricted Classes

GOV 310L, GOV 312L, and GOV 314 are open to all eligible students (except honors and Longhorn Scholars sections).  Some upper-division GOV courses are restricted to Government majors only.  Students who do not have the major code for Government will not be allowed to register for these courses and must select from the unrestricted courses listed on the course schedule.  Students who have a recently declared major that will take effect in the next semester may have to choose unrestricted GOV courses.  In most cases, all restrictions are lifted from GOV courses at the beginning of add/drop.  

Closed Classes & Waitlists

The Department of Government does NOT waive students into closed classes under any circumstances, including instructor permission. 

GOV 310L, GOV 312L, and GOV 314 will NOT have waitlists.  Some upper-division GOV courses will have waitlists.  Some waitlists may be restricted to GOV majors only.  The Government Undergraduate Advising Office cannot add any student to any waitlists (including restricted waitlists).

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