Areas of Study
A Look Inside the Political Science Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells
Develop leadership skills to excel in your career and serve your community. Learn to communicate effectively and persuasively in your writing and speaking. And gain real-world experience you can apply directly to your career through a variety of exciting internship, study abroad, and networking opportunities, such as the National Model United Nations conference in New York.
The Political Science bachelor’s degree program at Wells College offers diverse subfields of study including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. You’ll learn about how institutional and individual power is gained, organized, used, lost, or abused. You’ll also get to know and work closely with your professors and your peers in a collaborative, small college environment that provides a comprehensive liberal arts education.
What You’ll Learn as a Political Science Major
- The agencies, functions, and structures of the institutions of political power
- The nature of political behavior
- The principles and processes of governance
Political Science Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs
In addition to required internships, the Political Science bachelor’s degree program offers the chance to participate in the National Model United Nations conference in New York each spring, meet your peers from across the country, and gain firsthand experience interacting within political structures. Women students learn more about the public policy process through the Public Leadership Education Network programs in Washington D.C. Both programs are available to political science majors and non-majors.
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Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Political Science
Our Political Science program includes exciting, hands-on opportunities to apply your learning in real-world scenarios, working directly with leaders in government, law, business, and other diverse fields, in the surrounding New York State region and around the world.
Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities
As a political science major at Wells College, you can earn academic credit for internships in a variety of settings such as the United Nations, multinational corporations, transnational financial institutions, cultural and political organizations, the White House, Capitol Hill, law offices and courts, political campaigns, and social service agencies. You can also take part in a study abroad or exchange program to further broaden your academic experience.
Career Options for Political Science Graduates
One of the unique aspects of majoring in political science is that you get to see the concepts you learn about in the classroom unfolding in the news every day. The Wells Political Science program is career-focused and offers diverse areas of study backed up by real-world experience. When you earn your bachelor’s degree, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers or further graduate study in areas including government, law, development, education, and research.
Current Research in Political Science
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science served as editor for Land Reforms and Natural Resource Conflicts in Africa: New Development Paradigms in the Era of Global Liberalization. He also gave presentations at the conference of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, held in South Africa, and the 24th World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Poland.
Associate Professor of Political Science Susan Tabrizi gave a presentation titled “Ripped from the Headlines: sustainability impacts in the 2016 Election” for Wells’ Sustainability Perspectives Series and contributed to a panel discussion on Sustainability and Civic Engagement with guest speaker Paul Rogat Loeb.