Politics and Global Affairs

THE POLITICS AND GLOBAL AFFAIRS MAJOR IS AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM THAT EMPHASIZES INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, AND CAREER PREPARATION.

The Politics and Global Affairs major prepares students to engage with systems of power both locally and globally in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Designed to meet a wide range of academic interests and professional goals, the program approaches the study of politics, practice, and public service from a variety of perspectives, with topics of study ranging from presidential elections in the United States to the effectiveness of international environmental law. The curriculum is filled with many opportunities for leadership development, internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research. Students who major in this area acquire knowledge and skills that are applicable in a broad range of professional settings, with many pursuing careers in law, government, public policy, international organizations, non-profit organizations, international development, social work, journalism, business, and teaching. The specific content and methods of the major will also prepare students for graduate study in law, politics, public policy, international affairs, political thought, and history.

Related Majors: Communications, Economics, History, Psychology, Spanish, Religious Studies, Women's Studies
Related Minors: Asian Studies, Communications, Economics, French, History, Prelaw, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish, Religious Studies, Women's Studies

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  • Communication         
  • Economics      
  • Educational Studies   
  • English (Concentration in writing or literature)
  • Environmental Science          
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy       
  • Finance          
  • Forensic Science        
  • History
  • Mathematics 
  • Music 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Organizational Behavior        
  • Philosophy      
  • Political Science         
  • Pre-Law          
  • Psychology     
  • Reading          
  • Religious Studies       
  • Spanish          
  • Sport Management   
  • Theatre          
  • Women's Studies
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A Global Experience

The Politics and Global Affairs major recognizes that a course of study both local and global in its scope is essential in today’s world. At Wesleyan, students experience a global community on a daily basis. Wesleyan ranks among US News and World Report’s Most International National Liberal Arts Colleges and our classrooms are filled with students from all over the world. Our Global Scholars program brings domestic students to campus who are passionate about international affairs. Politics and Global Affairs majors graduate prepared to meet the demands of global citizenship and with the necessary tools for understanding and applying their values to a rapidly changing world.
 

Leadership and Advocacy 

Wesleyan prides itself on educating women leaders and the Politics and Global Affairs major features coursework emphasizing leadership development and advocacy, which coupled with service, internships and professional development will prepare students to engage with diverse communities and real-world challenges. The program includes partnerships with local and regional organizations including Macon-Bibb city government, Washington D.C.’s Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), Mercer Law School, and the Southern Regional Model UN.  Students have interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon, the Georgia General Assembly, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, and various law firms, businesses, and non-profit organization in the Macon-Bibb County area. 
 

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Career Preparation

The Politics and Global Affairs provides students with knowledge and skills associated with career preparation. All students have an internship or a professional development experience. In addition, a one-hour Professional Development Practicum that students take sophomore, junior, and senior year will support them in planning for graduate school, marketing knowledge and skills, and connecting with internship and career opportunities. The major prepares students considering careers in law, government, public policy, international organizations, non-profit organizations, international development, social work, journalism, business, and teaching. 

 

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Outside The Classroom

Politics and Global Affairs majors apply what they learn in the classroom to new settings and complex real world problems. In doing so, they acquire skills and experiences employers and graduate programs are looking for. All students are required to do an internship or professional development experience. Some students choose to do graduate-level research as part of their professional experience. Study abroad is also an integral part of the major. Students in recent years have studied in France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, and Guatemala, to name just a few destinations. Others have done internships in Nepal and Vietnam. The faculty also encourages students to experience extracurricular activities that enhance their understanding of politics and help students develop critical skills in research, public speaking, group collaboration, and leadership. Students are involved in campus organizations such as 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. 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.”

 

 

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Women who have studied at Wesleyan

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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?”

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Nyasha GuramahtunhuCooper

A native of Zimbabwe, Nyasha majored in international relations & French. Today she is assistant professor in the Department of Leadership & Integrative Studies at Kennesaw State University. Her teaching, research, & service focus on developing intercultural competence and a global mindset in leadership education.

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FATIMA KHAN

Fatima graduated in 2017 with majors in international relations and biology. While taking time off before heading to graduate school she has worked with several non-profit organizations in the fields of human rights and community organizing. Fatima also interned for six months with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

 

Our majors study in graduate schools around the world:

Harvard University, Georgia Tech, Villanova University, Emory University, University of Denver, American University, London School of Economics, Institute for Graduate Studies in Geneva, Institut d'études politiques de Paris

TOP 10 CAREERS WITH THIS MAJOR

Congress

Each member of Congress has personal staff to work in support of the office developing policy initiatives, assisting with committee work, and representing the congressperson in different settings across government.

Diplomacy

Diplomats represent their national governments in official negotiations with other countries. They work to maintain political, economic, and cultural relations with other countries and with international organizations.

Foreign Intelligence

Agents are employed by governments to gather and analyze information relating to the capabilities, intentions and activities of other governments, organizations, or persons.

Government & Policy

Government employees work at many different levels of political institutions to develop and carry out public policy.

Journalism

Employed by media outlets and collect, analyze, and report news and current developments through newspapers, magazine, television, radio, social media and blogs.

Business

Those who work in international business today are well-versed in law, politics, economics, and cross-cultural communication.

Law

Lawyers interpret and apply the principles and regulations adopted by community. International lawyers are concerned with how individuals and corporations carry out transactions within different and sometimes conflicting legal systems.

NGO Staff

NGO stands for non-governmental organization. An NGO is any organization, usually non-profit, that operates independently of the government. Often it advocates on behalf of an issue or group. NGOs can be local, national, or global.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps volunteers are representatives of the U.S. government that work in a variety of international settings to promote economic development and cultural exchange.

Teaching & Research

There are many opportunities to teach at the K-12 level and in colleges and universities, both in the US and globally. A career at the university level requires a PhD and will include research that may involve international travel and collaboration.

75%

More than 75% of OUR majors go to graduate school.

90%

More than 90% of OUR majors are in careers related to their major field.

100%

of OUR majors study abroad or complete at least one internship.

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Barbara Donovan
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Thomas C. Ellington
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Alain-Richard Sappi
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Teresa Parrish Smotherman
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