Political Science

The political science major at Wesleyan provides students with a solid background in comparative and international politics, American politics, and political theory.

Courses approach the study of politics from a variety of perspectives, with focuses ranging from individual political behavior to the interactions of large institutions in the international arena. In addition to becoming acquainted with the empirical findings of contemporary political science, students examine the methods by which those findings are reached, thus strengthening their critical thinking skills and gaining a deeper understanding of the nature of knowledge itself. Students also examine the fundamental normative questions of politics. Political science majors pursue a variety of careers, including law, politics, journalism, civil service, the non-profit sector, and social work. Recent political science graduates have gone on to work as staff on Capitol Hill and for humanitarian organizations. Many attend law school or pursue related graduate degrees. Political science majors learn to comfortably speak before groups, write clearly and persuasively, think analytically, and conduct independent research.

Major: Political Science, Political Science with a pre-law track
Minor: Political Science
Related Major and Minor: History
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Major Support Is Everywhere

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KENNEDY JONES

Kennedy ’19 is earning her Wesleyan degree in political science with a pre-law track. She spent the summer of 2016 interning as a legal assistant with the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office. Her career goal is to serve in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.

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RUTHY LEON

Ruthy will be graduating in December 2016 as a political science major, pre-law track. During the summer she worked as a business developer/recruiter with a firm that employs more than 500 people. Ruthy will work toward her law degree and a master's degree in international studies.

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Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 33 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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GET A JUMP START ON YOUR CAREER

Students may pursue a variety of internships, including several devoted to community service. Law-related internship sponsors include the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon, the Bibb County District Attorney's Office, and various law firms. Other students have chosen internships with the White House, Georgia’s senators and representatives in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian Institution, the Macon Chamber of Commerce, local television stations, the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds, the Hay House, the Tubman Museum, and middle Georgia libraries.

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Outside The Classroom

The political science faculty encourages students to experience extracurricular activities that enhance their understanding of politics such as campus organizations Young Democrats, College Republicans, and Amnesty International. In recent years, our students have organized voter registration drives and have volunteered for senate and presidential campaigns. The College has a Model United Nations chapter and teams of our students regularly participate in the annual Southern Regional Model UN and the Harvard Model UN, and students can compete with the mock trial team. Through the Public Leadership Education Network (a consortium of women’s colleges), students attend public leadership seminars in Washington, D.C., on topics such as “Women in Congress” and “International Public Policy and Women.”

 

 

Wesleyan Women In Political Science Careers

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CHARLINE VAN DER BEEK ’15

A political science and economics double major and active member of Wesleyan’s Model UN club, Charline earned her master’s degree in European public affairs from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She recently completed an internship with the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva.

JESSICA SEALE ’10 smiles for selfie in Washington D.C.

JESSICA SEALE ’10

A political science major, Jessica serves as digital director for U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas. Her primary duties involve online communication, analytics, and compiling the broad information for the senator. “When I was a student this job didn’t exist. Who knows what exciting careers tomorrow will bring?”

 

WESLEYAN POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS HAVE STUDIED AT PRESTIGIOUS
GRADUATE SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD:

Emory University, Vanderbilt University, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the London School of Economics

 

CAREER OPTIONS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS

CONGRESSIONAL STAFF

Each member of Congress has her own personal staff who work together to support the actions of the congressman. Each person has responsibilities to meet as well as tasks to complete with other members of the staff as a team.

LAWYER

A PS degree broadly prepares a student for success in law school by teaching how our government and legal system work, as well as necessary skills like public speaking, communication, and analytical problem solving.

NGO STAFFER

NGO stands for non-governmental organization. An NGO is any organization, usually non-profit, that operates independently of a government. NGOs can be local, national, or international.

JOURNALIST

Investigates, collects, and presents information as a news story through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet. Journalists are relied upon to present news in a well-rounded, objective manner.

PRESS SECRETARY

An employee responsible for managing the news media on behalf of an organization or a prominent person.

NON-PROFIT ADVOCATE

Working toward their missions, nonprofits need help behind the scenes, including getting political support for their cause.

Barbara Donovan
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Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

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Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields

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