As a political science major at Wells, you'll seek to understand the human condition and work to improve it. You'll ask why, and learn to use empirical evidence to find answers. Our undergraduate program emphasizes careful analysis that leads to real understanding: we strive to prepare analysts, not pundits. As a liberal arts program, we provide a broad base of foundational concepts within the discipline of political science. We also offer numerous opportunities to apply your learning in the field, working in settings such as the United Nations, the White House, Capitol Hill, multinational companies, and diverse political organizations. The Political Science program is offered as both a major and a minor.
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.
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.
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. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells.
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.
The Political Science program at Wells College is available as both a major and minor. If you’re interested in studying political science and related classes, you might also choose one of our variety of minor programs including:
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.
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.
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