Government & Foreign Affairs Department

Rising Senior Interns with Fulbright Commission in PragueRising Senior Interns with Fulbright Commission in Prague
Rising senior Holden McLemore is spending part of his summer in the Czech Republic as an intern for the Fulbright Commission. His work focuses on teaching Czech students about the structure of the educational system in the United States. He explains that, "In the Czech Republic, they don't have what we consider middle and high school levels." He works to describe these foreign concepts and "how the typical day of an American students unfolds."In 1989, the Velvet Revolution ended communism in the Czech Republic, and the Fulbright Commission opened two years later to "enhance mutual understanding through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges based on governmental scholarship programs, information, and advising services." Located in Prague, the commission provides fellowships and grants for study, research, and teaching in both the U.S. and Czech Republic for citizens of both nations. Full Story...


H-SC Holds 1st Annual Shelton ChallengeH-SC Holds 1st Annual Shelton Challenge
On June 28, 2015, the College held its first Shelton Leadership Challenge. Thirty-two young men took part in a five-day summer, residential experience where they explored the cornerstones of values-based leadership - honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility - through problem-solving and team-building activities, ropes courses, and service projects.This program began at North Carolina State University, and in August of 2014, Hampden-Sydney, in cooperation with the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, signed an agreement to participate exclusively with male attendants. Full Story...


Drew Prehmus '08

Hampden-Sydney's Government and Foreign Affairs department is one of only "two or three others like it in the United States," according to the National Review guide to the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country. Labeled "politically astute" by The Princeton Review, students study contemporary political problems grounded in the history of political thought. A major is an excellent foundation for legal study or positions in local, state, or federal government.

"When I was Student Body President at Hampden-Sydney, the alumni who were members of the Virginia Legislature invited me to go with them to the ceremonial opening of that year's session at Jamestown, in recognition of Virginia's 400th anniversary. It was almost more exciting than the time I spent working at the White House- which is an excellent example, by the way, of the kind of internships Hampden-Sydney students can get."

Drew Prehmus '08
Government & Foreign Affairs major
Student Body President, White House intern
Special Assistant to the President, Hampden-Sydney College