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Political Science

At Virginia Intermont, the Political Science curriculum provides a solid foundation of knowledge of political processes.  Students examine American and international topics through courses such as Parties & Interest Groups and Contemporary Terrorism while studying political theories, governmental bodies, legal systems, and comparative political practices.

VI’s program prepares students through a strong academic base and practical field experience.  Students have the option of completing a thesis or an internship as their capstone course. Our students have interned with the Tennessee Lieutenant Governor and members of Congress, volunteered for campaign rallies, and landed careers in government and politics. Graduates enter their career fields informed and committed to civic responsibility.

Areas of Concentration and Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • U.S. Government
    • International Politics

For the B.A. degree, students may choose between two tracks in the major: U.S. Government or International Politics. The program offers flexibility in elective coursework that allows students to double major or minor in another discipline such as History or Legal Studies. A Political Science minor is also available.

What can you do with a degree in Political Science?
The Political Science program gives students a broad background and analytical skills which prepare them to work in various government, non-profit and business settings, or to pursue graduate study. Political Science majors often pursue career opportunities in fields such as:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Political Research
  • Electoral politics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • International organizations
  • Campaign management and polling
  • Journalism

Download the PDF below for an overview of the political science major, course requirements and course descriptions:

For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).


Achille Riviello, Doctor of Political Science
Liceo Classico, Dante Alighieri, Tripoli, Libya
Doctor of Political Science, University of Rome
Additional study: Emory University

Anne Shumker, M.S.W./ABD
B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.S.S.W., University of Tennessee