Political Science

The political science minor 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. 

Minor: Political Science
Related Major and Minor: History, Politics and Global Affiars
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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.

Model UN group with signs holding countries

 

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

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?”

Barbara Donovan
Professor of Political Science (478) 757-5113 Profile
Thomas C. Ellington
Professor of Political Science (478) 757-3797 Profile

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Of the student population at Wesleyan is international

23

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

90%

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

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