Concentrations are central to Southern Virginia’s efforts to launch our students into careers or graduate school. These programs are designed to connect the training students get in their majors and core courses to specific skills and experiences that they will use after college.

Concentrations contain a small number of required and suggested courses, as well as a required internship or practical experience. Moreover, advisors for each concentration work closely with individual students to guide and personalize the experience according to their specific interests, needs, and goals.

Students interested in concentrations should talk with their academic advisor or to the advisor of their desired concentration.


Digital Illustration

ART 120 Intro to Drawing
ART 250 Intro to Watercolor or ART 230 Intro to Oil Painting
ART 223 2D Design
ART 275R Digital Illustration
Advisors: Doug Himes and Corey Egbert



BUS 201 Intro to Financial Accounting
BUS 363 Managerial Finance
BUS 463 Advanced Financial Management
Internship in finance
Advisor: Todd Brotherson


International Affairs

POL 233 Comparative Politics
POL 245 International Relations
POL 335R Human Geography
Internship in IR or diplomacy
Advisor: Jeremiah John


Museum Studies

ART 210 Art History I or ART 215 Art History II
ART 375R Museum Studies
(Recommended: A course in archiving, material culture, or other course in museum studies)
Internship in museum studies
Advisor: Barbara Crawford


BUS 201 Intro to Financial Accounting
ENG 323 Advanced Expository Writing
PHI 223 Introduction to Logic
POL 365R Intro to the Study of Law
One of the following:

  • BUS 301 Business Law
  • BUS/POL 375R Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
  • ENG 375R The Law in Literature
  • POL 363 Constitutional Law
  • POL 365R Family Social Policy and Law
  • POL 365R The Judiciary

Advisor: Steve Baldridge



BUS 201 Intro to Financial Accounting
BUS 202 Intro to Managerial Accounting
BUS 375R Intermediate Financial Accounting
BUS 375R Intermediate Managerial Accounting
BUS 375R Introduction to Taxation
Advisor: Todd Brotherson


Public Policy

POL 223 American Politics
MAT 221 Statistics
ECN 210 Microeconomics
ECN 215 Macroeconomics
Excel certification
Internship in policy analysis
Advisors: Zeb Riley and Jeremiah John



ART 240 Intro to Printmaking
ART 340R Printmaking II Intaglio
ART 340R Printmaking II Relief
Internship in printmaking
Advisor: Doug Himes



ART 375R Videography I
ART 375R Videography II
Internship in videography
Advisors: Amy Roskelley and Doug Himes

Writing and Mass Media

Writing and Mass Media

ENG 365 Writing in Mass Media Workshop
One of the following:

  • ENG 324 Writing Popular Fiction
  • ENG 344 Screenwriting
  • ENG 375R Topics: Writing for Digital Media
  • ENG 375R Topics: Creative Nonfiction

WRI 320 Advanced Composition
ENG 399 Internship
Advisors: Scott Dransfield and Jeff Benedict

Pre-Health Concentrations

Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Veterinary Medicine

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