Government & Foreign Affairs

Government & Foreign Affairs Major

A government major with a focus in political science or foreign affairs is designed to provide students with an education in the liberal arts and sciences, with the ultimate goal of preparing students to be full participants in a democratic society and the world at large.

The government major provides an understanding of how citizens attempt to deal with power and political decisions in institutions through the study of political organizations such as legislatures, courts and executives. In addition, the focus of study is of national, comparative, and international politics. Our students become aware of the scope of political topics and activities using philosophical, historical, and behavioral methods.

Political Science provides a particularly useful background for students planning a career in government or public service, law, non-profit management, teaching, business and other professions that involve an understanding of power and politics.

The government major concentration with a focus in political science consists of a total of 42 credits, including 15 credits of required core courses and 27 credits of elective courses across three disciplines (American Politics, International Relations/Comparative, and Political Theory).

The foreign affairs major concentration consists of a total of 42 credits, comprising 24 credits of required core courses including required comparative politics specific courses, and 12 electives. The foreign affairs major also is required to take 6 hours in foreign language.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Government Major
Concentration in Political Science
Courses Credit Hours
 Government Core
POL 1010: American National Politics and Political Institutions 3
POL 1030: Western Heritage of Politics I 3
POL 1040: Western Heritage of Politics II 3
Foreign Affairs Core
POL 4810: International Relations 3
POL 4820: American Foreign Policy 3
 21 Hours selected from upper level courses in the following areas:
American Government

POL 3220: American Parties, Pressure Groups and Elections (3)
POL 3510: Judicial Process (3)
POL 3610: The American Presidency (3)
POL 3810: Legislative Behavior and Processes (3)
POL 4500: Religion and Politics in America (3)
POL 4720: Constitutional Law (3)
POL 4730: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (3)

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Political Theory

POL 4010: History of Political Thought I (3)
POL 4020: History of Political Thought II (3)
POL 4040: American Political Theory (3)
POL 4060: Contemporary Political Theory (3)
POL 4500: Religion and Politics in America (3)

International Relations/Comparative Politics

POL 3050 Norther European Government and Politics (3)
POL 3060 Southern European Government and Politics (3)
POL 3070 Politics of East Asia (3)
POL 3080 Politics of the Middle East (3)
POL 3090 Politics of Latin American (3)
POL 4810 International Relations (3)
POL 4820 American Foreign Policy (3)

Two more classes in Political Science, Economics or History as approved by advisors

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Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Government Major
Concentration in Foreign Affairs
Courses Credit Hours
Government Core
POL 1010: American National Politics and Political Institutions 3
POL 1030: Western Heritage of Politics I 3
POL 1040: Western Heritage of Politics II 3
Foreign Affairs Core
POL 4810: International Relations 3
POL 4820: American Foreign Policy 3
Comparative Politics Core
Nine hours selected from upper-level courses in the following:
POL 3050: Norther European Government and Politics (3)
POL 3060: Southern European Government and Politics (3)
POL 3070: Politics of East Asia (3)
POL 3080: Politics of the Middle East (3)
POL 3090: Politics of Latin American (3)
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Twelve hours selected from upper-level courses in the following areas:
International Relations/Comparative Politics

POL 3050: Norther European Government and Politics (3)
POL 3060: Southern European Government and Politics (3)
POL 3070: Politics of East Asia (3)
POL 3080: Politics of the Middle East (3)
POL 3090: Politics of Latin American (3)

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Political Theory

POL 4010: History of Political Thought I (3)
POL 4020: History of Political Thought II (3)
POL 4040: American Political Theory (3)
POL 4060: Contemporary Political Theory (3)

Administration of Justice

AJU 3030: Research Methods

Economics

ECO 3120, 3250, 4100, 4160, FIN 4200

Foreign Studies

FST 4900 (Study Abroad)

History

HIS 3120/4120, 3610/4610, 3230/4230, 3260/4260, 3270/4270, 3300/4300, 3410/4410, 3420/4420, 3430/4430, 3450/4450, 3460/4460, 3520/4520, 3600/4600, 3640/4640, 3690/4690, 3770/4770

Religion

REL 3000, 3010

Sociology

SOC 3025, 3030, 3300, 3400, 3450, 3600, 4100, 4200

OTHER

Seminars in POL, AJU, ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS or SOC as approved by advisors.

The same course(s) cannot be used to fulfill this requirements as the above requirement.

Foreign Language

A second year of one foreign language is required as approved by advisor. Language requirements may be taken either at UVA Wise or at another institution with advisor approval.

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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/international relations 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.