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Take individual online/on-campus courses in Political Science.

Course Title: Global Conflicts

Course Code: PSCI-5254, CRN: 18689 (Online/Virtual Class EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Gerard Toal, Associate Professor 

Campus Location:  Online (Virtual)

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes EXCEPT: Commonwealth Campus

Tuition Rates: $842.50 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,642.25 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:  Examines theoretical issues in the study of global conflicts. Reviews theories of nationalism, states and territory as factors. Examines dynamics of contemporary conflicts from different regions of globe as case studies illustrating theoretical issues. Reviews role of leaders in conflict processes. Graduate Standing.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Commonwealth Campus Students: Commonwealth Campus Students are not eligible for this course. Learn more more about commonwealth campus status here.
  • Non-Degree Student Status: Complete Graduate School Application as Non-Degree Student status. Learn more more about non-degree status here.
  • Visiting Graduate Student: Complete visiting graduate student letter of approval. Learn more more about visiting graduate student here.

Questions? 

Program Inquiries: Andrew J. Scerri, Director of Graduate Studies, ajscerri@vt.edu

Application Inquiries: Karen Nicholson, Graduate Programs Coordinator, karenn@vt.edu

Course Title: Public Policy Analysis

Course Code: PSCI-5354, CRN: 21386 (Online/Virtual Class EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor:  Richard Rich, Professor 

Campus Location:  Online (Virtual)

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes 

Tuition Rates: $842.50 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,642.25 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:  Approaches to policy analysis and program evaluation including the techniques appropriate to various stages of the policy process.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Program Inquiries: Andrew J. Scerri, Director of Graduate Studies, ajscerri@vt.edu

Application Inquiries: Karen Nicholson, Graduate Programs Coordinator, karenn@vt.edu

Course Title: International Politics

Course Code: PSCI-5444, CRN:  20140 (Online/Virtual Class EST) and CRN: 18692 (On-Campus)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor:  Edward Weisband, Associate Professor 

Campus Location:  Online (Virtual) and Blacksburg

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes 

Tuition Rates: $842.50 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,642.25 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:  Theories of international organizations and relations among nations focusing on research in foreign policy formulation and implementation, international integration, conflict resolution, and global political economy.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Program Inquiries: Andrew J. Scerri, Director of Graduate Studies, ajscerri@vt.edu

Application Inquiries: Karen Nicholson, Graduate Programs Coordinator, karenn@vt.edu

Course Title: Critical Security Studies

Course Code: PSCI-5464, CRN: 20141 (Online/Virtual Class EST)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Priya Dixit, Associate Professor 

Campus Location: Online (Virtual)

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes 

Tuition Rates: $842.50 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,642.25 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:  Provides an overview of the critical study of security in world politics. Introduces alternative conceptualizations of security to the military-focused, state-centric security/strategic studies. Considers constructivist, post-structuralist and critical theoretic attempts to conceptualize the nature of security. Compares and contrasts these approaches with widely-accepted understandings of security in light of key debates in contemporary security studies.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Program Inquiries: Andrew J. Scerri, Director of Graduate Studies, ajscerri@vt.edu

Application Inquiries: Karen Nicholson, Graduate Programs Coordinator, karenn@vt.edu

Course Title: Transnational Migration

Course Code: PSCI-5284, CRN: 20138 (On-Campus)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Deborah MillyAssociate Professor 

Campus Location: Blacksburg

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes 

Tuition Rates: $842.50 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,642.25 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:  Overview of the dynamics, policies, governance, and citizenship regimes associated with the phenomenon of transnational migration. The course will emphasize local, national, and supranational examples and comparisons to explore these themes. Graduate standing

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Program Inquiries: Andrew J. Scerri, Director of Graduate Studies, ajscerri@vt.edu

Application Inquiries: Karen Nicholson, Graduate Programs Coordinator, karenn@vt.edu

Course Title: Environmental Politics/Policy

Course Code: PSCI-5584, CRN: 20136 (On-Campus)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor:  Andrew Scerri, Associate Professor 

Campus Location:  Blacksburg

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes 

Tuition Rates: $842.50 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,642.25 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:   Course provides a broad introduction to the key ideas, actors and institutions related to environmental politics and policy in the United States, with some coverage of global issues. It is intended to provide students with basic interdisciplinary knowledge and an intellectual framework for understanding and thinking critically about environmental politics and policy.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Program Inquiries: Andrew J. Scerri, Director of Graduate Studies, ajscerri@vt.edu

Application Inquiries: Karen Nicholson, Graduate Programs Coordinator, karenn@vt.edu

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