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A Message for Political Science Students and Families

Dear Political Science students and families,

The fall term is nearly here. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still with us. We understand this is a very difficult time to make decisions about the upcoming semester. Your safety and wellbeing are very important to us, as is your education. This is why we write to you today. We want to update you on our preparations, provide you with important information and simply let you know that we care. 

We have built upon lessons from the spring semester.

The sudden shift to remote learning caught us all by surprise, and the transition was disruptive for everyone. You may have lingering doubts about the fall because of this experience. We urge you to set your doubts aside. The spring semester taught us important lessons about how to help our students learn during the pandemic. Our faculty have spent the summer months designing classes that will meet your educational goals no matter if the class is online or in person. 

Quality instruction and support will lead to student success. 

We are committed to your success in the classroom because we understand the importance of your degree to your careers, especially in these uncertain times. The pandemic has not lessened the expertise and dedication of the department’s faculty and staff. This fall, we will offer our most popular and impactful courses taught by experienced instructors and leaders in their fields. We are also ready to provide you with the guidance you need to stay on track and direct you to resources at VCU for academic support, safety and wellness.

We have course options that suit your needs.

When we realized COVID-19 would impact the fall semester, our department thought carefully about our course offerings. Our wonderfully diverse students also have diverse instructional needs. We have decided to make a variety of options available to you. There will be in-person instruction. There will be classes that are entirely online. There will be classes that blend together a bit of both. Additionally, these opportunities extend across subjects and concentrations. Our goal is to provide a menu of classes that will help you continue with your major or minor whether at home or on campus. Flexibility is an asset we want to share with you.

The value of your VCU education is COVID-proof.

POLI graduates continue to find jobs or continue their education despite the pandemic. Our courses cultivate marketable skills and knowledge, capitalizing on our ties to local, state and federal governments. Whether you are just starting or in your final semester, our plan for the fall will ensure that your degree continues to hold value. We do not want you to miss out on the unique educational experiences we offer.

Our department is confident that we will get through this together. POLI students are resilient. In the meantime, know that we are here to assist you. If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our team. Our commitment to you is unwavering.

Sincerely,

The faculty and staff of the Department of Political Science