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

Wilson Center for Leadership Minors

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


Constitution Day Lecture

Dr. Roger Barrus delivered the 2018 Constitution Day lecture, "Federalists and Anti-Federalists: the Unfinished Ratification Debate," which he concluded with the statement, "It is difficult [for me] to imagine how the deep and increasingly bitter disagreements over fundamental moral and political issues might ever be resolved." Watch his lecture as he continues to explore, "which side—in the battle for the soul of the promised national community—is going to surrender to the other one?"

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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 Center for Leadership

Sam McLean '22

As a tour guide for Glacier Anglers in Montana, Sam McLean '22 spent his summer disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with himself.

Sam McLean '22

Government and Foreign Affairs Department

Dr. Celia M. Carroll Jones, Chair
Myers Associate Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs
Morton, 319
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
((434) 223-6243

Government & Foreign Affairs Professors
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