International Studies

Explore world international systems in a dynamic bachelor’s degree program that links international issues, theories, and global policy.

In the International Studies bachelor's degree program at Wells College, you'll learn about the complex political, economic, and cultural factors that affect international relations among nations. Small, discussion-based classes look at global studies from diverse perspectives while allowing for one-on-one mentorship with faculty and rewarding collaboration with peers. At the same time, you'll get to apply classroom learning in real-world contexts through a variety of opportunities such as study abroad programs, internship and research experiences, a senior thesis, and our international studies colloquium. The International Studies major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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A Look Inside the International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells 

As an international studies major, you’ll learn to understand and explain international relations and events, international political economy, and global politics. This highly interdisciplinary liberal arts program takes a broad approach to global studies, providing knowledge across each key geographic region of the world and allowing students to emphasize either political science, economics, history, or sociology. You’ll also learn to work in at least one of the major languages of the world areas you study.

International studies classes are small, allowing for full, active participation with close personal guidance from top faculty who bring extensive international relations experience to the undergraduate program. In addition to student research projects, international studies majors are mentored in the senior thesis writing experience as well as internship experiences.

There are two required internships, one of which must be international, offering opportunities to work with government organizations, support communities, and help people in need—at home and around the world. You can also focus your senior thesis on a topic of your choice, based on your interests and career goals.

What You’ll Learn as an International Studies Major

  • Past and current international issues, theories, and policies
  • How nation-states are connected to each other and to cultures and non-governmental organizations
  • Critical thinking, policy analysis, and research skills

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program

Wells is a small liberal arts college that offers big opportunities, in the surrounding New York region and all over the world. Through world-class research, internship, and other experiential learning opportunities in the area of global studies, we help our students to pursue their passions and prepare for today’s most demanding careers.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies bachelor’s degree program at Wells offers diverse internship opportunities in the United States and abroad. 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 relations area held by our students in recent years: 

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

International travel and study is integral to the International Studies program at Wells, allowing you to explore business, politics, language, and literature at any number of sites around the world. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells.

International Studies Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs 

Clubs and other organizations offer international studies majors the chance to get involved, discover new interests, and make valuable connections in the community and beyond. For example, you’ll get to take part in the National Model United Nations conference in New York each spring, meeting other students from across the country while gaining valuable international relations experience. Our International Studies Colloquium Series also offers students, faculty members, and invited guests the chance to present their research or internship projects related to the field of global studies. Other organizations and events associated with international studies at Wells include:

  • Amnesty International
  • Wells International Student Association (WISA)
  • International Studies Day
  • Spanish Club

Related Minor Degree Programs

If you’re interested in the field of international studies, you might also want to check out one of these related minor programs offered at Wells:

Career Options for International Studies Majors

The International Studies bachelor’s degree program is designed to prepare you to assume professional roles in our complex global environment. Potential career options include positions in law, education, as well as with public and private organizations of all kinds. Many of our international studies graduates have also gone on to graduate school programs in law, political science, economics, medicine, international relations, and international development studies.

Current Research in the International Studies Bachelor’s Program

Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo brings a wealth of leading research experience to the International Studies program at Wells, focusing on areas such as international political economy, relationships between emerging nations, and conflict and violence around the globe. He is the editor of African and Asia Studies and African Journal of International Affairs—two top social science based professional journals. Professor Lumumba-Kasongo also brings his writing and research experiences to his classes and regularly invites international studies students to join research presentations. 

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"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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