Government and International Affairs

International Affairs

Our department is home to two majors, the Government Major and the International Affairs Major, reflecting two different areas of study within political science. While students in each major take courses in both areas, students in Government focus on American politics or political theory, and students in International Affairs focus on international politics and political dynamics within countries around the world.

If you want to change the world, understand how it works or make a big splash in it, the study of government and international affairs can help you achieve your goals. Our students study politics because they love it and because they can see that the department’s faculty love teaching it. Along the way, they learn to think critically and write clearly, building a broad liberal arts perspective and useful skills.

David Alvis

Meet Dr. David Alvis

Dr. David Alvis, an associate professor, concentrates on political theory, constitutional law and American politics. He has co-authored two books: “The Contested Removal Power: 1789-2010” and “Statesmanship and Progressive Reform.”

Meghan McCully

Meet Meghan McCully ’19

As a student, Meghan McCully worked on two U.S. Senate campaigns, a congressional special election and a state house race. She also interned in the House of Commons, the U.S. Senate and with a probate court. She now works as a health staff assistant with the senate committee on health, education, labor and pensions in Washington, D.C.

Government and international affairs students have pursued postgraduate studies at:

American University
Clemson University
Columbia University
Duke University
University of Alabama School of Law
University of Georgia
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania School of Law
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia School of Law
Vanderbilt University School of Law