Government & Foreign Affairs

Programs of Study in Government & Foreign Affairs

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
Government Major
Concentration in Political Science
Core Curriculum Courses
POL 1010 – American National Politics and Political Institutions
Credit Hours
3
POL 1030 – Western Heritage of Politics I 3
POL 1040 – Western Heritage of Politics II 3
21 hours selected from upper-level courses in:

American Government (POL 3220, POL 3510, POL 3610, POL 3810, POL 4500, POL 4720, POL 4730) Political Theory (POL 4010, POL 4020, POL 4040, POL 4060, POL 4500)

International Relations (POL 3050, POL 3060, POL 3070, POL 3080, POL 3090, POL 4810, POL 4820) (At least 3 hours must be selected in each area.)

Six hours of additional upper-level work in:

Political Science, Economics and History as approved by advisors

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
Government Major
Concentration in Foreign Affairs
Government Core
POL 1010 – American National Politics and Political Institutions
Credit Hours
3
POL 1030 – Western Heritage of Politics I 3
POL 1040 – Western Heritage of Politics II 3
Foreign Affairs Core Credit Hours
POL 4810 – International Relations 3
POL 4820 – American Foreign Policy 3
Comparative Politics Core Credit Hours
Nine hours selected from upper division courses in:

Comparative Government (POL 3050, POL 3060, POL 3070, POL 3080, POL 3090)

9
Twelve hours selected from upper-level courses in:

Comparative Government (POL 3050, POL 3060, POL 3070, POL 3080, POL 3090).
The same course cannot be used to fulfill this requirement and the above requirement.
Political Theory (POL 4010, POL 4020, POL 4040, POL 4060)
Administration of Justice (AJU 3030)
Economics (ECO 3120, ECO 3250, ECO 4100, ECO 4160, FIN 4200)
Foreign Studies (FST 4900 Study Abroad)
History (HIS 3120/4120, HIS 3160/4160, HIS 3230/4230, HIS 3260/4260, HIS 3270/4270, HIS 3300/4300, HIS 3410/4410, HIS 3420/4420, HIS 3430/4430, HIS 3450/4450, HIS 3460/4460, HIS 3520/4520, HIS 3600/4600, HIS 3640/4640, HIS 3690/4690, HIS 3770/4770)
Religion (REL 3000, REL 3010)
Sociology (SOC 3025, SOC 3030, SOC 3300, SOC 3400, SOC 3450, SOC 3600, SOC 4100, SOC 4200)
And/or seminars in Political Science, Administration of Justice, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, or Sociology as approved by advisors.

 Students pursuing a concentration in Foreign Affairs are required to have a second year of one foreign language as approved by their advisor. Language requirements may be taken either at UVa-Wise or at another institution with advisor approval.

Minor in Government

A minor in Government consists of: POL 1010, POL 4010, POL 4020, POL 4810, one upper-level American politics course, one upper-level comparative politics course, and one other upper-level elective course for a total of 21 hours.

Pre-Law Minor

The pre-law minor is intended to provide its students with a background in the core skills and knowledge essential to acceptance to and success in law school. Pre-Law Minors are required to complete PHI 1030, POL 1010, POL 3510, BUS 3150, BUS 3160, POL 4720, and POL 4730 for a total of 21 hours.

Licensure to Teach

All majors in government seeking a license to teach with an endorsement in history and social science must complete 18 semester hours in history, six semester hours in geography, and six semester hours in economics, in addition to the political science courses. For professional studies requirements for secondary grades 6-12 and additional information relative to the Teacher Education Program, contact the Director of Teacher Education.