government and foreign affairs
GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS (GVFA)
Professor Emeritus D.E. Marion; Professors Barrus, Eastby, Pontuso; Associate Professors Burnett, Carroll Jones, Winborne; Senior Lecturer De Luca; Lecturers C. Smith, Snead Chair: Guy F. Burnett 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. Philosophy 216 may count towards the remaining 18 elective hours. 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. GVFA 101. (3) INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. A review of the theory, institutions, and practices of the national government in the United States. The constitutional basis of the federal system, the protection of civil liberties and citizenship, and the role of the people in politics are studied with frequent references to leading Supreme Court decisions and other primary sources. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester. GVFA 102. (3) PERENNIAL ISSUES AND PROBLEMS OF THE AMERICAN REGIME. This course examines the enduring problems and issues which reflect and illuminate the distinctive character of democratic states. Among the central topics are the principles of freedom and equality, federalism, ethics and politics, representation, and the effects of the commercial spirit on republicanism. Prerequisite: none. Offered: fall semester. GVFA 103. (3) VIRGINIA POLITICS. This course investigates state government and politics, focusing on the state of Virginia. It examines the structures of government and the processes of politics in the state. It considers the historical and contemporary regime character of Virginia, that is, The Commonwealth as a political community with a particular determination of who rules and for what purposes. Prerequisite: none. Offered: fall semester of odd-numbered years.