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Our department offers five majors: political science, international public policy, international relations, international studies and national security and foreign affairs. In the political science major, you can choose from four options: legal studies option, political theory option, national security option or the general option. 

We also offer an online or residential master's program, which provides you with a firm foundation in the discipline and research methods. We offer graduate certificates in environmental politics and policy, foundations of political analysis, security studies, and information, policy, and society. Graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees or careers in government, business, law, education, non-profit organizations, or private sector research.

Faculty you'll love

We have a nationally-ranked department with exceptional researchers and award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging.

Careers and interships for your future

Our students pursue internships that allow them to gain real world experience in government agencies, non-profits, and political offices. You'll have the chance to work in local, state, and national agencies, including unique experiences like our Hokies on the Hill program and the Washington semester.

Scholarships and Awards

We offer scholarships, awards, and research grants just for our students, as well as those sponsored by the university and our College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. 

Undergraduate Research

Working one-on-one with our faculty or in research groups, our students undertake independent research, publish their work, and present at conferences.

Study Abroad

Explore how governments work internationally. We offer summer, semester and year-long opportunities in a variety of locations across the world.

Exciting Student Organizations

Our department hosts the Political Science Club, Pi Sigma Alpha (the national honor society in political science), Phi Alpha Delta (a national pre-law society), Internal Relations Organization, Regional-International Organizations, and multiple simulation organizations, including Model UN and Model NATO.