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Among the departments that have played a considerable role in the program are government and foreign affairs, history, sociology, anthropology, women's studies, religion, philosophy, and more recently, economics; English and foreign language departments may also play a role.
The program is an excellent major for a variety of future activities—in many cases better than a major in a single department. Students graduating from this program have been accepted into top graduate schools, including Harvard Law, Yale Divinity, Stanford Business, and many top graduate programs.
Faculty William Lee Miller, the program's director, is Commonwealth Professor of Political and Social Thought, formerly Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions, a writer and scholar with a long list of publications and a varied experience.
Assistant Director to the PST program is Professor Michael Smith of the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs.
As an interdisciplinary program with high prestige and able students, PST can draw upon the ablest faculty members from all the relevant departments to serve as advisors and lecturers in the seminars. The seminars are small enough to allow real exchange, not only with one's fellow students but with faculty as well.
Students Another advantage to this major is one's fellow students. Each spring fifteen students who are preparing to enter their third year are selected for the program from a fairly substantial applicant pool. Students are chosen on the basis of strong grades, a writing sample, a faculty recommendation, and a short essay explaining the student's interest in the field. The program attracts able, creative, and independent students with a strong interest, theoretical and/or practical, in politics and society.
These fifteen selected students share a seminar in both the fall and spring semesters of the third year, and a thesis workshop in the fall of the fourth year; all students in the major take these courses, open to them exclusively, so that they develop a strong common bond, with informal and social reinforcement.
Requirements for Major
|ANTH 301||Theory and History of Anthropology|
|ECON 412||Evolution of Economic Thought (Prerequisite: ECON 201)|
|GFPT 301||Ancient Political Theory|
|GFPT 302||Modern Political Theory|
|GFPT 303||Contemporary Political Theory|
|GFPT 305||American Political Theory|
|HIEU 367, 368||History of Modern Europe|
|HIEU 378||European Intellectual History|
|HIEU 380||Origins of Contemporary Thought|
|PHIL 318||Nietzsche to Habermas|
|PHIL 356||Classics in Political Philosophy|
|PHIL 357||Political Philosophy|
|RELC 233||History of Christian Political and Social Thought|
|SOC 302||Introduction to Social Theory|
|SOC 503||Classical Sociological Theory|
For each area, the student must complete two relevant courses at or above the 300 level. The total six courses necessary to fulfill the area requirement must be drawn from at least three different disciplines, programs, or departments. Hence: three areas; two courses/area; three disciplines.
Taken together, the three areas of study should both (1) be constructed in a coherent fashion and (2) form the general basis of study for the thesis.
|PST 485||Introductory Seminar (3 credits) third year, fall semester - Great political and social thinkers and movements. Many sessions led by Univeristy faculty from several departments.|
|PST 487||Advanced Seminar (3 credits) third year, spring semester - Continuing with notable political and social thinkers and movements. Various approaches to the study of society. A larger proportion of the recent and concrete. Some sessions led by University faculty from several departments.|
|PST 497Y||Thesis Research (6 credits) fourth year, fall and spring semesters - The thesis, an independent year-long project built upon one's studies, developed with the advice of two faculty members chosen by the student, is an essential part of the program.|
|PST 498||Thesis Workshop (2 credits) fourth year, fall semester - Taken for credit only. This workshop provides a structured atmosphere for discussion of each student's thesis research.|
Admission into the Program in Political and Social Thought We invite interested students now in their fourth semester in the College of Arts and Sciences to apply for admission in this interdisciplinary program. As a distinguished major, the program admits only twenty new students a year. A 3.2 cumulative grade point average is generally required for admission. The program assumes the students will be in Charlottesville their third and fourth years. It is highly desirable (but not mandatory) that students applying for the PST program should have at least one of the courses listed under the foundations of political and social thought by the end of their second year.
Students interested in becoming PST majors should submit the following:
The above materials should be brought to the PST office in 248-A Cabell Hall by March 1. Candidates should hear from the committee by the end of March.
The director of the PST program holds a meeting for the prospective majors in early February to answer any questions about admission procedures and program requirements. The time and place of the meeting is announced in the student newspapers. Students may also obtain this information by calling the PST office at (804) 982-2235.
Additional Information For more information write to the Program Director, Political and Social Thought Program, 248-A Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903, (804) 982-2235.
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