International Studies

Introduces yourself to contemporary international systems and the complex political, economic, and cultural factors that affect relations among nations.
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Students majoring in international studies will acquire a knowledge of particular world areas and international issues, as well as the ability to work in at least one of the major languages of those areas. The acquisition of a high level of proficiency in the chosen language is an important component of this major. The student may emphasize either political science, economics, history, or sociology. The major is designed to prepare Wells students to assume professional roles in our complex global environment.

Available as a major. Students may also choose the minor in Global and International Studies.

Internships and Study Abroad

Diverse internships, in the United States and abroad, are available to International Studies majors. Wells alumnae who are established leaders in their fields often provide internships opportunities for current students. The following is a sample of internships in the International Studies area held by Wells students in recent years:

  • Bank of New York, New York City, NY
  • The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • Government of Quebec, Canada
  • House of Commons, Great Britain
  • Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, NY

International travel and study is integral to the International Studies major at Wells. Explore business, politics, language and literature and any number of sites around the world. Check out our off-campus study programs.

Co-Curricular Activities

Bring your global perspective and leadership skills to bear on one of the many organizations associated with Wells College. Check out:

  • Amnesty International
  • Wells International Student Association (WISA)
  • International Studies Day
  • International Studies Colloquium Series*
  • Model United Nations
  • Spanish Club

*Through the International Studies Colloquium Series, students, faculty members, and invited guests present their research projects or internship projects related to the mission of the International Studies Major in order to enhance the quality of its programs.

"Wells has given me incredible opportunities to get involved and not only learn from my professors but also from my peers. Some of the most insightful conversations I have had have been in the dining hall or on my way to class. At Wells the learning doesn't end at the classroom door."

David Glidden '16
Political Science Major, President of POWER, President of SAGA, President of SECS Collective
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Program Faculty
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
Professor of Political Science
Real World Connections

There are many opportunities for International Studies majors outside of the classroom. The Model UN Club gives its members a chance to explore the ins and outs of the real United Nations—its structures and the relationships that it builds and relies on. The Japanese Exchange Program with Doshisha Women's College and the Japanese Culture Club offer events and opportunities to study the Japanese culture and economy. The College Exchange Program with Cornell University also provides chances to engage with other communities of international students or additional intercultural programs just down the road in Ithaca, N.Y. Interdisciplinary connections with the Spanish and Anthropology majors provide additional expertise as you learn to explore global systems.


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