International Politics Concentration, Political Science, BA/BS

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In Short

The International Politics Concentration is intended for students with a general interest in international politics and government.

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What will I do?
  • Develop key understandings about legal and constitutional principles, American foreign policy and international public policy, comparative governmental systems, and international political institutions.
  • Acquire critical reading, researching, argumentation, and analysis of scholarly/theoretical political trends essential to and sought by all employers.
  • Work closely with faculty to conduct in small teams – and in small classes – real world based case studies and role-playing situations to learn to delegate authority between/among students, to prioritize, and to evaluate political circumstances efficiently.

Program Overview

The United States and our global community face serious 21st Century challenges—in everything from climate upheaval, terrorism, poverty, inequality, genocide, violent nationalism, ethnic conflict, to human rights abuses. In our International Politics courses, we explore the origins of these problems and debate their potential solutions. We explore power—and who has it, how they use it, and what the powerless can do to assert their own power. We advance our learning through research, brainstorming, and analysis for how decision-making unfolds and train our students to dissect problems, assess possible solutions, and propose appropriate courses of action. Combining theory and practice, simulations and strategic planning, our students—the future leaders across society—build their careers for government, international law, non-profit agencies, non-governmental or international organizations, and much more.

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Experiential Opportunities

Internships

Attain real world experience through internships with government agencies, non-governmental or international organizations, either through our close connection with The Washington Center (Washington, DC) career building program, or other placements locally or regionally that our faculty Internship Coordinator helps you arrange.
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Study Abroad

Explore the world through faculty-led, study abroad course opportunities. Study abroad courses are integrated into the International Politics curriculum, and allow you to experience a life-transforming opportunity to apply your studies to foreign policy cases. You can even engage in joint research projects with students and faculty from our foreign-partnership universities.
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Model United Nations

Build simulation-based crisis management and conflict prevention abilities through in-class simulations, as well as co-curricular activities, such as the award-winning Model United Nations team.
Read more about: Model United Nations

Curriculum and Other Information

  • Business Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Immigration Officer
  • Importer/Exporter
  • International Relations Manager
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer/Judge
  • Lobbyist
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Public Advocate
  • Public Policy Writer
  • Teacher/Educator
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent