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.

Degree Offerings

Hampden-Sydney is a place that trained me well to think on my feet. That set me up for the future.

Rod O’Connor ’92, former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Energy


Public Service Certificate

The James Madison Public Service Certificate Program is a minor for students interested in careers with government agencies and non-profit organizations. In addition to completing classes in public administration, ethics, public policy, and public speaking, students in this program are required to complete a summer internship and research project.

Wilson Center for Leadership

Named for the College's president from 1992-2000, Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson (U.S. Army, Rt.), the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest hosts lectures, forums, symposia, and excursions that help develop effective and ethical leaders. With direction from current and former leaders, students gain an understanding of the challenges confronting the United States and the world.

Wilson Leadership

Quinn Sipes '19

While travelling abroad in Tokyo, Quinn Sipes '19 studied the ancient Japanese theatre form, Noh.

Quinn Sipes '19

Government and Foreign Affairs Department

Dr. Guy F. Burnett, Chair
Assistant Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs
Morton Hall, 201 
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6982

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