Students who plan to major in Government or Foreign Affairs will ideally lay the groundwork for their major at UVA before they arrive on Grounds. Two Politics courses taken at another institution may count towards the elective credit in each of our majors. Completion of at least one Politics course before arrival at UVA and Summer and/or Fall enrollment in two Politics courses will enable students transferring into the College to declare a Government or Foreign Affairs major in the Fall of their third year.
College students who have not completed any Politics courses with a grade of C or better before their third year or fifth term may request to defer the declaration of the Government major. To request a deferral, students must be currently enrolled in two Politics courses at UVA.
All transfer students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Programs about their plans.
For additional information on how to declare your politics major as a transfer student, please see the How to Declare a Politics Major page.