Political Science

At the heart of political science analysis is the question of the struggle for power.
Smiling male members of the class of 2015
Political science student presenting his research
teaching at a chalkboard
Jamyra Young '15 at Commencement

The major exposes students to changing paradigms and schools of thought centered on how institutional and individual power is gained, organized, used, lost or abused. The major introduces students to the various methods, concerns, and analytical issues in the basic subfields of the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

In this major, students will acquire broad skills regarding of the analysis of, and critical knowledge about: the agencies, functions and structures of the institutions of power; the nature of political behavior; and the principles and processes of governance. It prepares students for careers in government, law, development, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and research areas.

Available as a major or a minor.

Internships and Study Abroad

Students can earn academic credit for internships in a range 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. All students majoring in political science are encouraged to take part in a study abroad or exchange program to further broaden their academic experience.

Check out our off-campus study programs.

Co-Curricular Opportunities

At Wells, students have the opportunity to be involved in exciting programs outside the classroom. In addition to required internships, political science offers the chance for students to participate in the National Model United Nations conference in New York each spring, meet their 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 majors and non-majors.

"[As a Wellsian] you can change things, and you can dictate what happens to you. You have a voice."

Brad Murray '15
Sociology Major, Current Albany Law School of Union University Student
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Program Faculty
Susan Tabrizi
Associate Professor of Political Science
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
Professor of Political Science
Get Involved

Political Science majors learn to be intellectually flexible as they get involved with any club on campus or to attend any campus events. Many students in the program are involved in student-government positions, performance clubs, programming board, and more. The Political Activism at Wells club brings special guest speakers to campus, stages student debates, and serves as a source for information related to voter registration, political conventions, and more. Activism Symposium gives students a chance to present research or discuss current issues with fellow students, faculty, and staff. Science Colloquium is a great source in broadening their learning experience as well. Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race (POWER) and UMOJA are among many other activism clubs on campus that are always willing to provide an inclusive environment for those who would be interested.


Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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