Government & Foreign Affairs Degree Requirements

Professors Barrus, Eastby, D. E. Marion, Pontuso; Associate Professors Carroll, Winborne; Senior Lecturer De Luca; Assistant Professor Burnett; Lecturer C. Smith

Chair: Celia M. Carroll Jones

Students may major in either Government or Foreign Affairs.

The requirements for a major in Government are

  • a minimum of 34 semester hours in Government, 16 to include GVFA 101; 140; 310; 370; either 412, 413, or 414; and 470.
  • Students studying GVFA are encouraged to take courses in Classics, Economics and Business, History, Religion, and Philosophy.
  • They are strongly encouraged to study abroad either through a May Term course or during a semester of foreign study, preferably in the spring semester of the junior year.
  • Government majors should complete their mathematics requirement before the junior year.

The requirements for a major in Foreign Affairs are

  • a minimum of 37 semester hours in approved courses, 19 to include GVFA 101; 140; 310; 440 or 443; 370 and 470 and Economics 101.
  • Students studying Foreign Affairs must complete the major by taking 18 credits from the following: Economics and Business: three to six credits from 103, 210, 261, 262; Government and Foreign Affairs: at least three credits from 223, 224, 225, 226, 227 and 228; additional electives from 231, 242, 250, 321, 322, 323, 341, 342, 413, 414, 442; Interdisciplinary Studies: 275, 465.
  • With application to, and permission of the Department Chair, certain courses from other departments (History, Religion, Modern Languages, for example) may be accepted as well.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad either through a May Term course or during a semester of foreign study, preferably in the spring semester of the junior year.
  • Students interested in foreign affairs or comparative politics are strongly encouraged to undertake a minor in a foreign language or at a minimum to complete a 300-level modern language course.
  • Foreign Affairs majors should complete their mathematics requirement before the junior year.
  • The degree will not be complete until the student has publicly presented the product of his Senior Seminar paper GVFA 470, normally in the fall of the senior year.

Students may develop interdisciplinary majors within the social sciences with the approval of the departments concerned.

The requirements for a minor in Law and Public Policy are

  • eighteen hours, including GVFA 101 and 430;
  • one course from each of the following pairs: GVFA 231 or 333, GVFA 342 or 440, GVFA 432 or 433;
  • and an elective from the previous pairs or GVFA 233, Economics 213, Psychology 319, Rhetoric 210, Philosophy 201, or Philosophy 314.

A student majoring in Government may not minor in Law and Public Policy.

updated 7/10/14